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What is meant by nuclear waste? State the main hazard of this waste on the living beings. How is this waste disposed of?

Answer :

The waste material produced by the fission of Uranium-235 during the generation of electricity at the nuclear power plant are called nuclear waste.

● The nuclear waste is radioactive and hence is extremely harmful to all the living beings. The improper disposal of nuclear waste may lead to contamination of radioactive material. Long-term effects of radiation can even cause cancer.

● Since the nuclear waste is highly radioactive, so it is disposed of off with very carefully. The nuclear waste is usually put in storage containers made of steel that is further placed in a concrete container so as to prevent harmful radiations from coming out and harming the environment.

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