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#Nuclear just got cleaner, according to the US DOE's National #Renewable Energy Lab Using this more u…

#Nuclear just got cleaner, according to the US DOE's National #Renewable Energy Lab Using this more u…

Nuclear Power Results – Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization Over the last 30 years, analysts have conducted life cycle assessments on the environmental impacts associated with a variety of nuclear power technologies and systems. These life cycle assessments have had wide-ranging results. To better understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from nuclear power systems, NREL completed a comprehensive review and analysis of life cycle assessments focused on light water reactors (LWRs)—including both boiling water reactors (BWRs) and pressurized water reactors (PWRs)—published between 1980 and 2010. NREL developed and applied a systematic approach to review life cycle assessment literature, identify primary sources of variability and, where possible, reduce variability in GHG emissions estimates through a meta-analytical process called "harmonization." Harmonization for LWR powe...

Full article: http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/sustain_lca_nuclear.html

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