Nuclear Energy (PBL)

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    World War II

    Adolf Hitler wanted to gain control over Europe and wanted to abolish all Jewish people or those agaisnt him, this lead to the second World War. America later joined the war when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. During the war America overheard that plans that Hitler hired scientists to create a bomb that could destory Cities, America then hired several physiscist and Scientists
  • First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction

    First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction
    Physicist in Europe and America came to understand that uranium atom when split by a neutron would cause a chain reaction that would release large amounts of energy. This process is called nuclear fission.
  • Atomic Energy Act of 1946

    Atomic Energy Act of 1946
    US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Created after Japan bombed the US, During the cold war the AEC allowed potential peaceful benefits of atomic power.
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    Cold War

    America and the USSR had a series of competitions in which to prove which country was better, such as in technology and weaponry. One of the so called "races" was who could build the better atomic bomb. This was never a war that was combat but more of rivalry.
  • First Nuclear Power Reactor to Generate Electricity Built in Idaho

     First Nuclear Power Reactor to Generate Electricity Built in Idaho
    The first reactor of nuclear energy was built to provide elctricity. Which was created by several scientists who worked on the Manhatten project.
  • Atomic Energy Act of 1954

    Atomic Energy Act of 1954
    The US congress passed the Atomic Energy Act, in which permitted the wide use of Atomic energy for peaceful purposes. Therefore they were assigned three major rules.
  • Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act of 1957 Passed

    Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act of 1957 Passed
    An act that allowed to Stimulate the Development of the Private Nuclear Energy Industry. This allowed people to build and create their own nuclear industries.
  • First Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation

    First Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation
    First Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Three years later, the Shippingport plant began supplying electricity to the Pittsburgh area. The Shippingport nuclear power plant was retired in 1982.
  • Congress Creates the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Congress Creates the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    To replace the AEC ( Atomic Energy Comission) the Government created the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Comission) its attention on several issues that were necessary to public safety and health.
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident

     Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident
    On March of the year 1979 the reactor at a plant in Three Mile Island defected and caused a leak. Due to this issue the people near the plant were exposed to radiation. It took 10 years to clean up and millions of dollars wasted.
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning of a Nuclear Reactor

    Decontamination and Decommissioning of a Nuclear Reactor
    The Shippingport nuclear power plant was retired, congreess later then issued a cleaning and shutting down of the nuclear reactors. The reactor site was the later release after it was cleaned in November of the year 1987.
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident in Russia

    Chernobyl Nuclear Accident in Russia
    A sudden surge of power, destroyed the nuclear reactor and released radioactive material into the environment. About 200 people were at the site fo the event, 2 died immediateley, 134 recieved high doses of radiation, and 28 workers died 4 months after the occurence.
  • Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    Fukushima Nuclear Accident
    An earthqauke in Japan withe the magnitude of 9.0 causes 6 reactors to malfunction. The cooling systems in the reactors are diabled causing a hydrogen explosion, the issue becomes worse when radiation leaks out abnd there is more hydrogen explosions. After the radiation leaks out into the Pacific Ocean and contaminates waters that reach the US.
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    Fukushima Incident

    An earthqauke in Japan withe the magnitude of 9.0 causes 6 reactors to berak down and cause leak, explosions, and many other horrible occurences.
  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Approves New Nuclear Power Plants

    US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Approves New Nuclear Power Plants
    Two New Reactors to Be Built in Georgia NRC press release: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded its mandatory hearing on Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) application for two Combined Licenses (COL) at the Vogtle site in Georgia. In a 4-1 vote.