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Originally posted by Dreamwatcher
I guess you did not do much research either, as COAL ASH gives off much more radiation than a nuclear power plant.
Over the past few decades, however, a series of studies has called these stereotypes into question. Among the surprising conclusions: 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.
A Case Study: The Side Effects of a Coal Plant
A 500 megawatt coal plant produces 3.5 billion kilowatt-hours per year, enough to power a city of about 140,000 people. It burns 1,430,000 tons of coal, uses 2.2 billion gallons of water and 146,000 tons of limestone.
It also puts out, each year:
10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide (SOx) is the main cause of acid rain, which damages forests, lakes and buildings.
10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) is a major cause of smog, and also a cause of acid rain.
3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, and is the leading cause of global warming. There are no regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.
500 tons of small particles. Small particulates are a health hazard, causing lung damage. Particulates smaller than 10 microns are not regulated, but may be soon.
220 tons of hydrocarbons. Fossil fuels are made of hydrocarbons; when they don't burn completely, they are released into the air. They are a cause of smog.
720 tons of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas and contributor to global warming.
125,000 tons of ash and 193,000 tons of sludge from the smokestack scrubber. A scrubber uses powdered limestone and water to remove pollution from the plant's exhaust. Instead of going into the air, the pollution goes into a landfill or into products like concrete and drywall. This ash and sludge consists of coal ash, limestone, and many pollutants, such as toxic metals like lead and mercury.
225 pounds of arsenic, 114 pounds of lead, 4 pounds of cadmium, and many other toxic heavy metals. Mercury emissions from coal plants are suspected of contaminating lakes and rivers in northern and northeast states and Canada. In Wisconsin alone, more than 200 lakes and rivers are contaminated with mercury. Health officials warn against eating fish caught in these waters, since mercury can cause birth defects, brain damage and other ailments. Acid rain also causes mercury poisoning by leaching mercury from rocks and making it available in a form that can be taken up by organisms.
Trace elements of uranium. All but 16 of the 92 naturally occurring elements have been detected in coal, mostly as trace elements below 0.1 percent (1,000 parts per million, or ppm). A study by DOE's Oak Ridge National Lab found that radioactive emissions from coal combustion are greater than those from nuclear power production.
The 2.2 billion gallons of water it uses for cooling is raised 16 degrees F on average before being discharged into a lake or river. By warming the water year-round it changes the habitat of that body of water.
Originally posted by Johnze
And im sure if you did any research into nuclear power you would realise building a nuclear power station on a fault line in a heavy populated area with 40 year old technology was probably a bad idea?
Originally posted by Johnze
Look man you clearly have some mad axe to grind, thats cool, but personaly nuclear energy is not the most stupid thing imagineable, it is infact one of the finest achievements a civilization could develop. However the cost of implementing it safely is simply a cost that energy firms do not concern themselves with. But to say the technology itself is stupid, simply because of short sighted greed by a few, is, well its kinda stupid.
Originally posted by earthdude
Man, a little bit of knowledge can really be a dangerous thing. I am glad that the amount of plutonium needed to split an atom is very hard to obtain.
Originally posted by Max_TO
Ok got to ask , how the he'll did he get the radioactive material to work with ?
Originally posted by confreak
reply to post by jibeho
Funny or not, I respect the man for doing things on his own outside the supervision of the government. The government is shoving its nose in everything, the same government that allows Alcohol to kill thousands and thousands of people in car crashes, is acting like it cares for the safety of people by banning people to conduct experiments and observe the world through their own experiments.
The same government that uses chemical weapons on other nations is acting like it cares for the safety of people by banning experiments.
Maybe we should all conduct our own experiments rather than blindly believing other people's observations.