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There are roughly 430 nuclear power plants worldwide. Check out our interesting nuclear facts and information for kids!

  • Nuclear energy is being used in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined.
  • An estimated 3 million Americans live within 10 miles of a functional nuclear power plant.
    The peace symbol was initially an anti-nuclear weapons symbol.

    The peace symbol was initially an anti-nuclear weapons symbol.

  • Nuclear power plants use nuclear fission, or the process of splitting an atom into two.
  • Since 1973, Power plants have saved at least $44 billion dollars for energy.
  • France exports electricity from nuclear power for profit.
  • Nuclear power leaves no pollution into the air. The smoke you see is actually steam.
  • United States power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year.
  • A nuclear power plant must shut down every 18-24 months to remove its used uranium fuel, or radioactive waste.
  • Nuclear power is the only energy industry which takes full responsibility for all its wastes, and costs this into the product.
  • In the United States, radioactivity is often measured in rems.
  • Nuclear power plants are a attractive target for terrorists.
  • From 1945 to 1980, over 500 nuclear weapons were tested in the atmosphere around the world.
  • The first disastrous impact from nuclear energy occurred in August 1945 when the US dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • A nuclear war would kill approximately 1 billion people, and hundreds of millions would be injured.
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