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Chapter 11: How Safe Is Nuclear Power?



1.The main idea of this reading is that nuclear energy is a safe source of power.

2.The accident at a nuclear plant in Tokaimura, Japan occurred because workers forgot to put uranium into a tank.

3.A reactor meltdown occurs when the fuel inside a nuclear reactor melts.

4.A meltdown is dangerous because radiation can leak into the atmosphere.

5.As a result of the accident at Chernobyl, people in the area were exposed to small amounts of radiation.

6.The pronoun "it" in line 34 refers to "today".

7.The words "taking away" in line 36 mean "removing".

8.You can infer from lines 25-28 that nuclear power was not used to generate electricity in the 1940s.