Radioactive Pollution

Radioactive pollution is perhaps the most damaging form of pollution but thankfully the least common. This type of pollution generally causes air, land, and water pollution as a secondary effect and is very dangerous if not managed correctly.

Radioactive Pollution is caused by:

  • Nuclear Power Plants
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Nuclear power plants bring a lot of energy into the environment and, if managed correctly, don’t leave a great deal of radioactive pollution. Sadly, a large disaster such as Chernobyl has huge consequences, which the aftermath will last decades if not centuries, causing all sorts of genetic abnormalities to all forms of life.

  • Nuclear Weapons

The production, detonation, and then decommissioning of nuclear weapons causes radioactive material to be left behind. While the production and decommissioning clearly do not leave as much material behind as detonation, just the threat of detonation alone is enough to warrant very strict government regulation.

  • Uranium ore mining

Mining of radioactive ore can cause small amounts of radioactive pollution but is generally not particularly large scale and harmful unless something goes wrong with the process.

Why is radioactive pollution bad?

Radioactive pollution is a problem because were something to go wrong, the repercussions are catastrophic. Radioactive material causes DNA abnormalities in most living organisms on the planet and contributes to all other major forms of pollution. Many consider just the presence of nuclear weapons to be enough of a threat. World disasters involving nuclear weapons and power plants always cause large setbacks which last a very long time because radioactive material takes centuries to decay.