"You either have got to believe in carbon capture…or nuclear [energy] if you want to see the kind of dramatic reduction in carbon emissions I believe we need to make."
—Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, April 17, 2012
Water Use and Nuclear Power Plants
This fact sheet explains various power plant cooling technologies and their effects on ecosystems and environmental issues, with a focus on water withdrawal and consumption.
White Paper: Water Use, Electric Power and Nuclear Energy
As an essential component of the global ecosystem, water sustains human, animal and plant life. This NEI white paper analyzes how much water is used in electricity generation using different forms of electricity generation and different technologies.
Letters on Water Use at Power Plants and EPA’s Section 316b Rulemaking
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received more than 14,000 letters supporting the electricity industry’s viewpoint on proposed regulations that would affect how power plants use water to cool their facilities. This one-pager includes selections from letters written by government leaders and prominent organizations.
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
This fact sheet explains the process of decommissioning a nuclear power plant after it is removed from service. This regulated process includes the removal and disposal of radioactive components and materials.