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While high-level waste has received the lion's share of the public's attention, it is not the only waste problem linked with nuclear power. In fact, analyses indicate that it is not even the most important one. Several other nuclear waste issues must be addressed and we will consider them here.
In terms of numbers of deaths, the most important waste problems arise from the radioactive gas radon. We begin with its story.
Uranium is a naturally occurring element, present in small quantities in all rock and soil, as well as in materials derived from them such as brick, plaster, and cement. It is best known as a fuel for nuclear reactors, but quite aside from the properties that make it useful for that purpose, it is naturally radioactive. This means that it decays into other elements, shooting out