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Which phrase describes a risk associated with producing energy in a nuclear power plant?

January 2018 NY Regents Chemistry Exam


30 Which phrase describes a risk associated with producing energy in a nuclear power plant?

(1) depletion of atmospheric hydrogen (H2)

(2) depletion of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)

(3) production of wastes needing long-term storage

(4) production of wastes that cool surrounding water supplies


Solution: Nuclear power plant produces energy through nuclear reactions. These reactions produce radioactive wastes that could be harmful if released outside. Therefore, there needs to be a long-term storage for the wastes produced.

Answer:3


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