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Nuclear Waste Disposal

Nuclear Energy is an important source of energy for not only Connecticut, but the United States. The objective of this lesson is to help students understand how and where nuclear waste is stored and plans for the future. At the end of this lesson students will be able to identify the different types and sources of nuclear waste and understand the volume of the waste that exists in the United States. Students will understand how spent nuclear fuel is created and be able to describe the current handling and disposal methods practiced and identify the important safety characteristics of a disposal facility. This lesson is a great complement to the Nuclear Energy in Connecticut Lesson and Radioactive Decay Lesson.
Using this lesson in your classroom

Nuclear Waste Disposal can be used as an in- class reading lesson.  Different creative activities are available for students to be able to demonstrate their understanding of how nuclear waste is handled in Connecticut and the United States.

Grade Level:
9 - 12
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Teacher Materials
Nuclear Basics Power Point (3,347.5 KB)
Related Resources
Radioactive Decay Lesson
Nuclear Energy Lesson