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Comparing Contaminants

June 11, 2009 By: John Category: radiation myths & misconceptions

Many people are eager to stop using fossil fuels, but they are very reluctant to accept that nuclear power can be a “greener” alternative. It’s true. Fossil fuels pump pollution and radiation into the atmosphere, but did you know that coal-fired plants release hundreds of times the radiation of a typical nuclear plant?

Here’s a study by ORNL on coal plant radiation releases:

http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html