Chemistry

Question

A serious risk factor associated with the operation of a nuclear power plant is the production of
(1) acid rain
(2) helium gas
(3) greenhouse gases, such as CO2
(4) radioisotopes with long half-lives

1 Answer

  • Answer: Option (4) is the correct answer.

    Explanation:

    In a nuclear power plant, nuclear fission and fusion reactions occur.

    During these reaction a large amount of heat is releases along with the release of radioisotopes. These radioisotopes have long half-lives as a result these emit harmful radiations which can either cause burns or blindness to the people around the nuclear power plant etc.

    For example, isotope of Uranium-238 have longer half life.

    Thus, we can conclude that a serious risk factor associated with the operation of a nuclear power plant is the production of radioisotopes with long half-lives.

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