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What is nuclear pollution?

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Nuclear pollution is pollution that contains radioactive elements. Nuclear pollution may be in the air, water or on land.

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What is nuclear pollution?
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Nuclear pollution can come from a variety of sources. It most often forms from nuclear processes such as nuclear fission and radioactive mining. It can also be released into the water, air or soil during the production of nuclear fuel reactor materials and when radioactive materials are used in medicine and other industries.

Due to the toxicity of most nuclear pollution, care must be taken to properly dispose of nuclear waste. In the mid-1980's, the U.S. made plans to build a radioactive waste repository in Nevada, but the idea has been continuously shot down by Nevada residents who don't want to live near such dangerous waste materials.

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