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PamW Donating Member (566 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 03:11 PM
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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.


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