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Published Tuesday, January 28, 20 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman Nuclear energy comes from the splitting of uranium atoms in a process called fission. The energy released is used to make steam, which generates electricity. Nuclear power comprises approximately 20% of the United States’ electricity production.  As the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, with more than 100 nuclear generating units currently in operation in 31 states, America produces over 30% of world’s nuclear generation of electricity. Uranium is a nonrenewable resource.  It is mined from the earth and concentrated into enriched fuel, then transported to a nuclear power plant. In the plant’s nuclear reactor, neutrons from the uranium atoms collide with each other, releasing heat and neutrons in a chain reaction. This heat is used to generate steam, which powers a turbine to generate electricity. Nuclear power generates a number of radioactive by-products, including tritium, cesium, krypton, neptunium and forms of iodine. Read More 

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