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Lesson 8 - Concerns

Nuclear energy is one of our three largest sources of electricity. It is important for us to make sure nuclear power plants are safe and reliable. In decisions to build and operate a nuclear power plant, safety and security are essential concerns. Learning from past accidents, understanding this energy source, and protecting against risk are important in our energy mix.

This lesson covers concerns that people have about nuclear power plants:

  • Safety at nuclear power plants
    • Design features
    • Engineered safety
    • Barriers and backups
    • Regulations
  • Security
  • Accidents
    • Three Mile Island
    • Chernobyl
    • Fukashima
  • Learning from accidents