3 Responses to More radioactive than nuclear waste

  1. lless January 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    No, no, no, no! That headline is deceptive as hell. Coal ash is more radioactive than casual releases from well functioning nuclear plants. It is not more dangerous than spent fuel. It can’t go critical. It can’t Fukushima. The radon in your basement may well be more hazardous to your health than a functioning nuclear plant at a distance from your house. So what?

  2. Tom January 26, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Susie: note my new e-mail address, i got hacked and can’t access my old one.

    i thought the article brought up something that most people don’t know or even think about coal-energy use, but agree that the title was misleading. It hardly matters now that we’re heading for extinction before the next century and it’s just another nail in civilization’s coffin.

  3. russ January 26, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I see from the “editor’s note” the article refers to that about one year after the article was published they changed this sentence:

    “…The sentence marked with an asterisk was changed from “In fact, fly ash—a by-product from burning coal for power—and other coal waste contains up to 100 times more radiation than nuclear waste” to “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.”

    But the article’s title remains the same, and that is confusing.

    I guess the moral to the story is that on a day to day basis a well-functioning nuclear plant releases less radioactivity than a coal fired plant, plus at this point in time more scrutiny is given to proper storage of waste from a nuclear plant as opposed to wastes from a coal-fired plant.

    The long-term problem is that when “the Great Collapse” comes, and many of our great centralized power production units cease production because they went broke, we are taking a huge leap of faith that the nuclear plants will be shut down properly.

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