It is not possible to talk about the effects that radiation and nuclear energy has on wildlife without talking about the effects it has on the environment: the habitat of wildlife. The environmental impact of nuclear waste that is created by power generation technologies can vary and translates to air, water, and land. For instance, when it comes to air emissions, nuclear power plants do not 

harm the environment in that they do not emit carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxides in order to generate power. However, they do emit fossil fuels and harm the environment during the uranium mining, uranium enrichment, and transportation process. It goes without saying that any negative impact – either on the input or output stage – on the soil, water, and air does to some extent destroy the natural habitat of wildlife; not to mention the increased health risk and the reduced chances of survival by the species. 

For instance, another way that nuclear power plants affect the environment is their use of water. Typically a nuclear power plants 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, which can be accompanied by nuclear pollutants, will affect the aquatic life as well.

This brings us to the topic of ionizing radiation – which is typical of nuclear power plants – and the affect it has on the atoms in living things. This form of radiation has the power to damage tissues and the DNA in genes of living organisms.  Radiation exposure can bring about damage to the genetic material in reproductive cells and can cause genetic mutations, which will be passed on to future generations. All types of ionized radiation present a health risk factor by changing cell structure and damaging DNA, and wildlife is not immune to this.

It should be mentioned that all forms of energy production have some sort of a negative impact on the environment. In the case of nuclear energy, there are more pros than there are cons in the production of nuclear energy. It could be argued that on many accounts the production of nuclear energy has less of a negative impact on the environment and wildlife than any other sources of energy. Rather than take a position and debate the issue, Greenuke Technology’s desire is to reduce the amount of nuclear waste. The desire to reduce nuclear waste gave birth to our innovative solid-liquid separation system. 

Our technology will allow nuclear power providers to minimize the storage space for nuclear waste by a ratio of at least 2,000:1, as well as the amount of radiation exposure to the environment. Our innovative system was developed in part to lower the amount of radioactive waste that is both being produced and is stored at nuclear power plants around the world, without effecting the energy production and power output of these power plants. Our system will allow for easier storage, less exposure, and minimal risk in case of accidents. To learn more about our innovative technology click here.

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