You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #24: WRONG!!! [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU
PamW Donating Member (566 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 03:11 PM
Response to Reply #8
24. WRONG!!!
This study has been used by nuke supporters for decades - yet they continue to ignore the fact that BWRs are dirtier than older coal plants with respect to radionuclide emissions.
=========================================

The Oak Ridge paper included BWRs in their study too - since BWRs represent about 50%
of the US nuclear fleet.

The main point of the Oak Ridge article is that coal plants toss actinides - uranium
and thorium into the atmosphere as a part of normal operation. Uranium and Thorium
are alpha radiation emitters. I thought all the anti-nukes were well-versed in what
happens when you get alpha emitters in your lungs. You hear the anti-nukes cite that
chapter and verse all the time.

In both PWRs and BWRs, the actinides are locked in the reactor. Absent a major accident
with gross fuel melting, the actinides stay put.

Both PWRs and BWRs meet NRC regulations with regard to release of radionuclides.

The coal plants wouldn't meet NRC regulations, but they aren't required to under US Law,
so coal plants can legally operate.

However, coal plants are radiologically "dirtier" than both PWRs and BWRs.

PamW


Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC