Nuclear Energy: Dead-EndOmar ShahinCGC1D0-DMr. RogerFriday January 19, 2018 “Every year 300,000 metric tons of nuclear waste are produced” – Bill Nye. Nuclear power is a dead-end when it comes to energy. It has been around for a very long time. It has been supported by people through all these years even after seeing what has been happening to the world because of it. There are many reasons on why this source of energy is not ideal and is not going to get any better. People argue both ways, some people think it’s great and others think its bad. There are good points for both sides, but in the end, it is a dead-end. Here are three main points on why it is a dead-end energy source. Nuclear power is destructive to the enviroment, nuclear power is expensive and nuclear power is unsafe. Nuclear power is a energy source that is destructive to the environment. The nuclear waste that is produced is not properly contained and in some scenarios, the nuclear waste leaks into nearby bodies of water. This happened in the early 1990’s, the seals and millions of starfish died due to radioactivity. A large amount of the radioactivity was from the USSR, a large amount of solid and liquid nuclear waste was in the water (Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Systems Harm Ecosystems and Kill Aquatic Life). Nuclear waste leakage is one thing that harms the water, another thing would be the cooling system the nuclear plants require. This harms the nearby bodies of water because, the cooling system takes up nearby water, uses it until the plant cools down, when there is no need for that water, they put it back into the body of water 25% warmer. This creates a unsafe habitat for some animals in the water, they eventually die or leave that area (Radioactivity in the Ocean: Diluted, But Far from Harmless). Nuclear power plants also take up large amounts of the land. Nuclear power plants are usually built near bodies of water and away from residential houses, the forest is the perfect place to put them. This requires deforestation to take place. In this process, wildlife that lived in the forest have to now leave and try to find a new habitat. As of April 2017, 30 countries have 449 operating nuclear power plants, and there is more in construction (World Statistics). If this continues, a the world will have a limited amount of trees and many animals will be in danger/extinct. Nuclear power is very expensive. Nuclear power has always been expensive, but over the years the price is getting higher. Between 2002 and 2008 the cost for construction rose from 3 billion dollars for one plant to 9 billion dollars (The Cost of Nuclear Power). This number is still growing as of today. Storing the waste of nuclear power plants is also very expensive. It cost around 38 billion dollars to store the waste of one power plant (The $38 billion nuclear waste fiasco). With the price it takes to build the power plant to the amount it takes to build a storage for that waste, it adds up to 47 billion dollars and growing. These are just two components to the cost of nuclear energy, the last one is the repairing of nuclear plants. Repairing nuclear power plants is just as expensive as building them. It requires a large amount of time and a large amount of money. Ontario power generation is spending over $13billion dollars on refurbishment for four power generators in Darlington, just east of Toronto (Ontario unveils $12.8-billion Darlington nuclear refurbishment). Instead of getting rid of the site, refurbishing it is still a better choice. Destroying the site and building a new one also cost a lot of money.Nuclear power is dangerous. Nuclear power is something known that is known to be unsafe. One component that makes it unsafe is the chance of a nuclear meltdown. 1986, the disaster of Chernobyl is a perfect example of the dangers of a nuclear meltdown. The meltdown was caused by a reactor malfunctioning and mistakes by the plant operators. The results ended with Chernobyl becoming a contaminated zone (Chernobyl | Chernobyl Accident | Chernobyl Disaster – World Nuclear Association). No one is allowed to enter inside, it could cause many issues with your health. A more common danger of nuclear power, is nuclear waste. When broken down or not properly sealed, the energy released into the environment has a chance of giving you cancer. This happens because the energy could kill your blood cells and or give mutations. Mutations need to be dealt with or many things can happen. But, most likely, if not dealt with, it can turn cancerous ( How Does Nuclear Radiation Harm the Body?). Working with nuclear energy in unsafe, even if you are working inside the power plant. Working in the plant increases your risk of getting cancer. In a report made in 2012, it states that, after running scans and measuring the radiation, there is for sure an increase chance of getting exposed to some radiation which could lead to cancer, if not treated immediately. Nuclear energy is always a risk even when wearing protective suits, the smallest amount of radiation could cause a lot of risks. In conclusion, nuclear power is destructive to the environment, a leakage of nuclear waste into a body of water can kill thousands of animals, it also ruins the water by releasing the used cooling water, nuclear power plants also take up large amounts of land to be built, ruining the habitat for a lot of animals. It is also very expensive to deal with, building plants, repairing them and handling the waste produced. Finally it is unsafe, anything can happen when dealing with nuclear energy. Such as meltdowns and higher risks of cancer. Nuclear power should not continue any longer. If this goes on for as long as it lasted, the world will not be in the same shape. They’re other options that are much better for the environment and the world, nuclear power isn’t one of them. The future cannot support nuclear power any more.