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Risks of Nuclear Power

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All of the following are safety issues with nuclear power plants EXCEPT

A

Nuclear power plants can suffer a loss-of-coolant accident which can cause the fuel to melt the reactor vessel.

B

Cooling systems at a nuclear power plant require electricity. If there is a loss of electricity, a meltdown can occur.

C

Nuclear power plants are vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

D

Nuclear power plants emit radioactive gas during daily operations.

E

In many countries, nuclear power plants must be located on the coast for ready access to water for cooling. This makes them vulnerable to flooding from storms and tsunamis.