Nuclear fission is the process used in nuclear power plants, which creates radioactive nuclear waste that is hazardous to humans. Discover how this nuclear waste is disposed of and stored.
- Nuclear waste is dangerous and remains radioactive for a long time.
- Nuclear waste has to be prepared for storage above ground, monitored and finally stored underground.
- Nuclear waste can be reprocessed, but this produces even more dangerous waste that can be used in nuclear weapons.
- Nuclear fission produces unstable nuclei called radioisotopes, which decay until they form stable atoms.
Nuclear power is emission-free, but it's not a completely 'clean' energy source.
Induced Nuclear Fission
Induced nuclear fission – the controlled process that splits an atom's nucleus to create energy – produces smaller unstable nuclei called radioisotopes.
These are radioactive waste materials, called high-level waste.
Radioisotopes decay until they form stable atoms, …
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