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Frangible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-03 11:59 AM
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6. Coal produces more nuclear waste than a nuclear plant
According to the DOE 100,000 tons of radioactive uranium and thorium have been released by coal plants in the US to-date.

Thorium and uranium both naturally occur with coal in high quantities.

1 gram of uranium contains the power of 2.2 tons of coal. That 2.2 tons of coal contains more than 1 gram of uranium.

Unlike nuclear plants which are strictly regulated, coal plants release uranium and thorium into the atmosphere, and it is estimated they are directly responsible for 40,000 deaths in the US annually.

Coal plants also release many toxic chemicals, which never break down and do not have half lifes.

You really want coal instead of nuclear?

Are you really, really, really sure you want coal instead of nuclear?
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