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  1. Nuclear power plants use “nuclear fission” (the process of splitting an atom in two). “Nuclear fusion” (the process of combining atoms into one) has the potential to be safer but has not yet been developed to operate within a large power plant.
  2. Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined.
  3. Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which becomes radioactive waste.
  4. 13% of the world’s electricity comes from nuclear power plants that emit little to no greenhouse gases.
  5. Nuclear energy is being used in more than 30 countries around the world and even powers Mars rovers.

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  1. Nuclear power facilities can produce energy at a 91% efficiency rate 24/7, while maintaining the method with the lowest emissions.
  2. More than 70% of America’s emission-free power comes from nuclear energy sources.
  3. 1 in 5 households and business in the US are electrically powered by nuclear energy.
  4. United States power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year.
  5. Building a new nuclear facility creates between 1,400 and 1,800 high-paying jobs during construction, 3,500 during peak construction. Each facility maintains 400 to 700 permanent jobs that pay 36 to 44% more than the avg. salary of the surrounding area.
  6. American nuclear energy facilities are the highest regulated plants in the world, subject very scrutinous observations and regulations.

Sources

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    "How are nuclear fission and nuclear fusion different? - Curiosity." Curiosity. http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/difference-nuclear-fission-nuclear-fusion (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 2

    Environmental Protection Agency. "Nuclear Energy." EPA. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/nuclear.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 3

    Environmental Protection Agency. "Nuclear Energy." EPA. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/nuclear.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 4

    "Nuclear Power - an Environmental Friendly, Clean, Reliable and Safe Electrical Power Source for Today and for the Future." American Electronic Power. https://energy.nd.edu/assets/37714/ebright_slides_02_21_20112.pdf (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 5

    "Nuclear Basics." Nuclear Basics. http://www.world-nuclear.org/Nuclear-Basics/ (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 6

    "Renewable Energy and Electricity." World Nuclear Association. http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Energy-and-Environment/Renewable-Energy-and-Electricity/ (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Background Nuclear Power." Background -Duke Energy. http://www.duke-energy.com/about-energy/generating-electricity/nuclear-background.asp (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Background Nuclear Power." Background -Duke Energy. http://www.duke-energy.com/about-energy/generating-electricity/nuclear-background.asp (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 9

    Environmental Protection Agency. "Solid Waste Generation." EPA. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/sw-generation.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 10

    "Educate - Consumer Energy Alliance." Consumer Energy Alliance. http://consumerenergyalliance.org/educate/ (accessed August 1, 2014).

  • 11

    "Educate - Consumer Energy Alliance." Consumer Energy Alliance. http://consumerenergyalliance.org/educate/ (accessed August 1, 2014).

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