Talk:Environmental impact of nuclear power

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Windscale shouldn't be on this page[edit]

This is a page about the environmental effects of nuclear power. Windscale was a military research reactor and thus shouldn't be on this page. 82.11.1.60 (talk) 04:20, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Agreed. Have removed Windscale. Johnfos (talk) 23:12, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Serious POV issues. This article reinforces Nuclear Industry talking points. No mention of sustainable energy whatsoever.[edit]

There is strikingly (and tellingly) no comparison of the environmental impacts of nuclear power compared to any sustainable energy sources whatsoever. This article is currently being sourced by nuclear industry lobbyists across the internet and basically turning Wikipedia in a disinformation "think tank" via this article.

The nuclear industry lobby incessantly propagandizes to the public that the only alternative to nuclear energy is dirty coal, etc. This false dichotomy is reflected within this article and is not encyclopedic. For example, we have a fairly comprehensive comparison of environmental impacts to coal/fossil fuels in these two sections, but no mention of solar, geothermal, wind, etc. at all:

1) Comparison to coal-fired generation 2) Contrast of radioactive accident emissions with industrial emissions

The only mention of sustainable energy is this brief, carefully worded blurb of newspeak: "Other commentators have argued that there are better ways of dealing with climate change than investing in nuclear power, including the improved energy efficiency and greater reliance on decentralized and renewable energy sources."

I fully expect to see sustainable energy attacked at this point by nuclear industry lackeys and/or people lacking critical thinking skills to see past the nuclear industry FUD. But, we need to decide if this is going to be an encyclopedic article based upon facts and informative comparisons or will it continue to be a public relations piece for the nuclear industry? Cowicide (talk) 17:10, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Hello Cowicide, if you feel that this article is lacking in its comparisons to renewable energy production, please be bold and edit. Please note there are comparisons to renewables (further than what you noted), such as the GHG emissions comparison. Generally, comparisons were made where they made sense (e.g. radioactive emissions for coal vs. nuclear, GHG emissions compared to renewables, no comparisons in the rad. waste section). On a personal note, please watch your tone in your comments. Your insults and failure to assume good faith is impolite, and disheartening to those who have spent considerable time on this article. SCStrikwerda (talk) 15:10, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

What is a "boron letdown"[edit]

Hi. Even though I know a lot, I've never heard of a "boron letdown". So unless somebody provides more facts (on reactors, sites, etc., where this is practised; on radionuclides released; on their impact; etc.) I recommend deleting this. gsc — Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.184.28.42 (talk) 17:57, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Boron letdown is removal of borated coolant water, practised at all PWR and BWRs. --SCStrikwerda (talk) 17:56, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Necessary additions[edit]

This article needs the ExternE-Pol final tech report cited and discussed as it is on the Nuclear power page.

Some mention of the red forest, and the fact that Chernobyl is now a nature reserve, being designated so by Ukraine.

& reference to Nuclear powers favorable CO2 emissions Comparisons of life-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions, being beaten by Wind & Hydro but only just. Boundarylayer (talk) 03:11, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

uranium mining[edit]

New to editing so I thought I would ask what the general procedure was. Under the Uranium Mining section, citation 20 appears to have no relevance to the foregoing statement, and the statement itself seems highly prejudicial. Should this be removed? Moved somewhere else with a correct citation? Am I just confused? Slo186 (talk) 22:18, 15 September 2014 (UTC)