power generation is a non-combustion process and therefore
does not create greenhouse gases, although it does use non-renewable
resources. The treatment and disposal of nuclear waste is
difficult and expensive and poses risks of radioactive contamination.
waste needs to be handled with care for thousands of years.
Globally there are over 400 nuclear power stations and at
least 30 accidents have leaked radiation causing cancers,
congenital defects, leukemia, premature aging and death.
nuclear power generates 17% of the world's electricity but
safety worries together with decommissioning plants has slowed
down the growth of this industry. In a DTI policy statement,
1998, the government 'sees no economic case at present for
building any new nuclear power stations'.
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