AP Environmental Science : Advantages and Disadvantages of Nuclear Energy

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Environmental Science

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Example Questions

Example Question #2 : Energy Sources And Production

Which of the following is a pressing issue with the production of nuclear energy?

Possible Answers:

Various cancers afflicting local wildlife

Heavy air pollution

Where to store spent fuel waste

Destruction as a result from frequent nuclear blasts

Prices for energy are too low for it to be profitable

Correct answer:

Where to store spent fuel waste

Explanation:

Producing nuclear energy is a lot cleaner than most people realize, and while it is expensive (but still profitable), it represents a legitimate option for producing cleaner energy. The main drawback is that the resulting "spent fuel" has to be secured and stored, because it cannot be safely disposed of without significant repercussions.

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