FUELS: The Nuclear Debate

From several standpoints, nuclear power seems an ideal answer to the continuing energy problem in the U.S. For utilities, it makes economic sense to construct plants that use heat from splitting atoms of uranium to spin turbines that generate electric power. Though the average plant costs 10% to 30% more to build than one that burns coal or oil, operating costs are much lower. Nuclear plants are also relatively kind to the environment. They discharge hot water that can harm aquatic life and change the characteristics of lakes; but they cause no...

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