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In the end, making one key ethical choice can solve the ethical dilemma regarding the use of nuclear power plants. Even though it has been shown that nuclear power outperforms other power sources in the creation of electrical power, there are inherent public risks involved. The first code of the IEEE Codes of Ethics states, “ to accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment.” This aspect of the code of ethics answers the question. Even if the risk to public health is small, eliminating that risk takes precedence over the cheaper electricity output of nuclear power.

In conclusion, it can be said that the use of nuclear power is unethical. Even though the risk is low, the slightest possibility of a disaster is too much to risk. The safety of the public and of the environment must be held paramount over any utilitarian aspects of nuclear power.