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Nick Fortune Mr. Yazan English 102.35 April 5, 2006 An Annotate Bibliography: Nuclear Energy Introduction: With energy being used more than ever in the United States today, energy companies are now looking to build more nuclear power plants. This is a much debated issue often because of the questions of safety and environmental factors. Nuclear energy is very efficient but the building and maintenance of plants is a huge part in ensuring that it is the safest, most reliable source of energy. Annotated Bibliography: Alvarez, Robert. “Nuclear Waste: Cleanup Curveball.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p16-18, 3p. 17 Apr. 2006. <http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=17455584> This article focuses on the Hanford Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility in southeastern Washington State. The proposed cuts would affect more than just Hanford. The 2006 budget lays out cleanup funding cuts at more than 10 other Energy Department sites. In total, the administration reduced Energy's cleanup budget by 548 million dollar. debate. In the late 1980s, Energy officials attempted to convince Congress of the need to reinvest in the nation's aged and deteriorated nuclear weapons and testing complex, which had effectively collapsed. Energy created the Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management in 1990 to oversee the cleanup of hundreds of contaminated nuclear weapons sites. Benka, Stephen G. “Physics Today; Nov2005, Vol. 58 Issue 11, p9-9, 1/4p, 1bw.” 17 Apr. 2006. <http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx? direct=true&db=aph&an=18777965> This article focuses on a study which developed pellets coated with beryllium oxide that can be used for nuclear energy production. Today's nuclear reactors run on pellets of uranium dioxide stacked inside fuel rods. The thermal conductivity of such pellets is low and causes large temperature gradients. The researchers
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