Health risks of nuclear power

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Risks to health are associated with various sources of energy, and minimizing these risks must be an integral component of energy policy. The health risks associated with nuclear power plants are comparable to or less than those associated with most alternative methods of energy production, especially coal. Routine radioactive emissions from nuclear power plants are quite small in comparison to natural background radioactivity, and thus pose no significant risk of cancer and infant mortality. Thermal pollution and the disposal of radioactive wastes are manageable problems. The breeder reactor is an attractive concept, but there is a threat of atomic weapons proliferation as a result of the widespread use of breeders. Economic and political considerations suggest that multiple sources of energy, including nuclear and coal, should be developed. Energy research and development offers the best hope for citizens of Third World nations to free themselves from abject poverty and the health problems associated with it. Thermonuclear fusion, if successfully developed, will solve many of the world's energy problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-44
Number of pages34
JournalPublic Health Reviews
Volume8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

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Nuclear Power Plants
Coal
Health
Radioactive Waste
Nuclear Energy
Weapons
Infant Mortality
Poverty
Radioactivity
Developing Countries
Hot Temperature
Economics
Research
Neoplasms

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Community and Home Care

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Bogden, John. / Health risks of nuclear power. In: Public Health Reviews. 1979 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 11-44.
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