From December 13, 2007 Scientific American article, "Coal Ash Is More
Radioactive than Nuclear Waste",
... the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than
that generated by their nuclear counterparts. In fact, the fly ash
emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for
electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more
radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.
The chances of experiencing adverse health effects from radiation are
slim for both nuclear and coal-fired power plants—they're just somewhat
higher for the coal ones. "You're talking about one chance in a billion
for nuclear power plants," Christensen says. "And it's one in 10 million
to one in a hundred million for coal plants."
As a general clarification, ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a
power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via
water or dry cask storage.
The whole article can be read at
By presenting facts on radiation you are confusing the issue.
It is like the double flush toilet, they feel good when they install a
low volume toilet, even though the lack of flow requires you to flush
it twice using more water than the old ones.
I wonder if we could increase the volume of facts to flush the nonsense
about the nuclear power plants down the drain with the other stuff.
Just what are you trying to flush down your toilet that it takes two
flushes? ;~) I was skeptical about the double flush from what I had heard
about until we moved into our new home in December. So far 1 flush is all
that has been necessary althought I was on edge for no reason a time or two.
New homes are designed to be one-flush with low-flow toilets. 3" waste lines
and rat's nest plumbing are no longer used. OTOH, retrofitting a low-flow
toilet into an older home can be a problem. We don't have a problems (well,
not much[*]) with our new home, either, but I know a lot of people with older
homes that do.
[*] They don't seem to stay as clean as the older toilets.
I have more with the low flow, certainly. The one problem that I don't have,
as has been noted here, is the overflow problem.
That said, I really don't have that much of an issue with them in *NEW*
construction. Demanding that they be retrofitted to existing construction is
dumb. The federal government in my bathroom is a real problem.
Low by whose standards? The mercury accumulating in our food chain is not
exactly healthy stuff, and one in six American babies has been exposed to
dangerous levels of mercury in utero.
Until there is an accident, then the nuke plant catches up, including the
ones the Navy has had a few little accidents with resulting in things like
contaminated water being released into harbors. The Navy took one of its
early and unsuccessful submarine reactors, encased it in stainless steel,
and sunk it in the ocean. They went looking for it years later, couldn't
And then there is the issue of what to do with the spent fuel....
Even your granite counter tops emit radiation but as far as releasing
radiation from the oil fired plants your statement is not true when compared
to 3 mile island, Chernoble and or the Japan facility and that is the
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