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Learn About Nuclear Plants


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Plant Vogtle, GA — Behind schedule and over budget as 2 new reactors are being built.

Nuclear power is a risky and expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Though nuclear power plants do not release carbon dioxide like coal plants, they do release radioactive and hazardous materials, including long-lived, highly radioactive waste, that threaten our security, jeopardize our health and pollute our natural resources. The consequences of an accident, such as the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, or terrorist attack at a nuclear power plant could be devastating. Nuclear reactors are also incredibly water intensive, depleting limited and precious water resources. Building new nuclear plants to address global warming would be a waste of valuable time and money, given the many more effective and affordable energy choices available.

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