Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns


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Why is nuclear power thought to be a 'climate friendly' form of energy?

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1. What is the term used to describe an accident that involves severe overheating of the nuclear reactor?

2. Which of the following terms describes an illness caused by exposure to a large dose of radiation over a short period of time?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at the consequences of using nuclear sources of energy, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the hazards of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding why nuclear power is thought to be a climate-friendly form of energy as well as knowing definitions of key terminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Why nuclear power is considered climate friendly
  • Accidents that involve overheating of a nuclear reactor
  • Illness caused by exposure to large doses of radiation
  • Problem inherent in radioactive waste
  • The Yucca Mountains in Nevada

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding an illness caused by large doses of radiation and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related nuclear power lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about key terms related to nuclear power

Additional Learning

To learn more about nuclear power, review the corresponding lesson titled Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what nuclear power is
  • Identify why we shouldn't compare a nuclear power plant to a nuclear bomb
  • Describe how a meltdown is still a possible scenario in a nuclear plant
  • Explain when someone could potentially suffer from radiation sickness
  • Appreciate why radioactive waste is such a huge concern