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According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there...

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In the United States, high-level radioactive waste (HLW) is governed and/or managed by many governmental agencies. However, when it relates to the environment it is the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop environmental standards and Federal radiation protection guidance for the disposal of 

 spent nuclear fuel, high-level waste, and transuranic waste. In particular the EPA’s focus is on offsite radiation because of the effect the radiation will have on the environment and the public once it leaves a facility. Therefore, the EPA sets standards to limit this exposure to the biosphere outside the facility. These standards provide guidance when disposing radioactive waste in the general environment as stated in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act under Section 121(a). 


As mentioned in our section entitled Wildlife, the environmental impacts of nuclear waste that is created by power generation technologies can vary. For instance, when it comes to air emissions, nuclear power plants do not harm the environment in terms of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxides emission in order to generate power. However, they do burn fossil fuels and harm the environment during the uranium mining, uranium enrichment, and transportation process. 


Moreover, another way that nuclear power plants affect the environment is their use of water. Typically a nuclear power plant makes use of large quantities of water for either the production of steam as well as the cooling process. At times, these large quantities of water are removed from lakes or rivers which impact the fish and other aquatic life inhabiting these waters. Other times the discharge of the now heated water may be accompanied by nuclear pollutants, which may affect the fish and aquatic life. 


Greenuke Technology understands very well the short-term and long-term effects radioactive waste has on our environment. However, we also understand that a proper filtration and reduction process of radioactive waste is needed to make nuclear energy sustainable. Our innovative technology tackles this problem by offering a solution that will allow the use of nuclear energy by reducing the negative effects it has on the environment. To learn more about our innovative technology please click here