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Neighbors Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant



Neighbors Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.16

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     challenging words:    burning, containment, radioactivity, reactor, what-ifs, evacuate, generate, nuclear, respiratory, terrorist, greenhouse, core, aircraft, emergency, radioactive, uranium
     content words:    New York, Indian Point, New York City


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Neighbors Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Bob and Jill are next-door neighbors in New York. One evening, Jill was walking outside and ran into Bob.
 
2     "Hi, Jill," Bob said. "How are things?"
 
3     "Fine, Bob," Jill answered. "How are you?"
 
4     "I'm fine," Bob responded. "Where are you off to?"
 
5     "You don't really want to know, Bob," Jill said. "We've had this conversation before."
 
6     "Don't tell me you are headed to the meeting about the nuclear power plant. I told you it's perfectly safe," Bob said.
 
7     "Bob," Jill asked, "why do you think it's so safe?"
 
8     Bob answered, "The energy that is generated is efficient. Nuclear reactors need little fuel. The waste produced is so much smaller than that at a coal-burning plant. The chance of getting sick from a nuclear power plant accident is a lot less than from dying of a respiratory illness caused by a coal burning plant. Nuclear power plants don't produce carbon dioxide, so they do not add to the greenhouse effect or cause acid rain."

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research the safety of nuclear power plants.

2.  Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant disaster. Research and summarize the event.

3.  Choose one location: a store, your home, a theater, or your school. Draw a diagram demonstrating an evacuation plan for the location.



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