Nuclear Energy

Portfolio 21 does not invest in companies involved exclusively in nuclear energy generation, or in diversified companies that derive more than a small percentage of revenues from nuclear energy generation.  We do not support nuclear power because we consider the cost of new nuclear installations to be high relative to the environmental, health, and safety risks associated with nuclear reactors and waste.  A typical reactor will generate 20-30 tons of high-level nuclear waste annually.  There is no known way to safely dispose of this waste, which remains dangerously radioactive until it naturally decays, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is approximately 10,000 years.

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