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  • Chernobyl: Topic Page
    Town in northern Ukraine, 100 km/62 mi north of Kiev; site of a former nuclear power station. MORE
  • Love Canal: Topic Page
    Section of Niagara Falls, N.Y., that formerly contained a canal that was used as chemical disposal site. MORE
  • Three Mile Island
    From The Reader's Companion to American History
    An unlikely series of mechanical and human errors in Unit 2 of the nuclear generating plant at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1979 resulted in an accident that profoundly affected the utility industry.


  • Pollution: Topic Page
    The concept of pollution consists of the inappropriate or undesirable mixing of items or elements that may in themselves be quite appropriate or desirable.
  • Air Pollution: Topic Page
    Contamination of the air by noxious gases and minute particles of solid and liquid matter (particulates) in concentrations that endanger health. MORE
  • Noise Pollution: Topic Page
    Human-created noise harmful to health or welfare. MORE
  • Nuclear Waste: Topic Page
    The radioactive and toxic by-products of the nuclear energy and nuclear weapons industries. MORE
  • Oil Spills: Topic Page
    Oil discharged from an ocean-going tanker, pipeline, or oil installation, often as a result of damage. MORE
  • Smog: Topic Page
    Smog (smŏg) [smoke+fog], dense, visible air pollution. Smog is commonly of two types.
  • Water Pollution: Topic Page
    Contamination of water resources by harmful wastes; see also sewerage, water supply, pollution, and environmentalism. MORE


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