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Quick facts to educate your friends and family about nuclear power

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Here are five facts about nuclear power to share.  A clean air future looks like nuclear (and renewables) generation with electric vehicles.  Mining and manufacturing are definitely challenges to the environment (for batteries and solar panels), but this would be a decent start.

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Matt Chester on Jun 10, 2021

All of the used nuclear fuel produced by the U.S. nuclear energy industry over the last 60 years could fit on a football field at a depth of less than 10 yards.

This is a powerful image to counter the natural image people have of Homer Simpson near barrels of glowing nuclear waste!

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 10, 2021

Michael, I've never met an anti-nuclear activist who has toured a nuclear plant.

Maybe some are too frightened to even consider it. But it's impossible for anyone to tour a nuclear plant and not be impressed by the professionalism, dedication, and pride of its employees; by the pervasive culture of safety they share; by its almost surgical cleanliness, and the rigid security protocols that are observed.

Nuclear plants are unobtrusive - almost to a fault. By aggressively promoting and conducting public tours, the American Nuclear Society or American Nuclear Institute could do more to promote nuclear energy than all other outreach combined.

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Michael Cadden on Jun 11, 2021

I fully agree.  The same was true when I was on nuclear powered submarines.  My uncle, a professional welder for GM, was in awe at the craftsmanship and the cleanliness.  Some of the best technicians in the world work at Nuclear Plants.  9/11 may have put a permanent end to plant tours though.

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