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  •  That would be funny (0+ / 0-)

    if it wasn't so outragous.  I may be wrong, but I don't believe the standards for the new "clean" burning coal plants addresses the radiation issue.  That may be because the technology to "scrub" the radiation out doesn't exist.
    China is building new coal plants faster than a tract home developer; I wonder how long it will be before the deliterious effects become obvious.

    The only shame in ignorance is taking pride in it.

    by carver on Sat Jun 23, 2007 at 06:40:41 AM PDT

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    •  Relax, you can laugh (0+ / 0-)

      This story is much less about the amount of radioactive material released from coal plants than the very stringent requirements of the nuclear industry and the very tiny amounts of radioactive material that are released into the environment by the normal operation of nuclear plants.

      The public health impact of radioactive material from coal plants is really not that large -- or to put it a better way, compared to the impact on public health of all of the other non-radioactive stuff that comes out of the stacks of coal plants, the impact of the radioactive material is insignificant. The radioactive material that is released is just stuff that has been in the ground for a very long time and decays very slowly. Thus, it releases little radiation.

      By the way, you obviously haven't talked to anyone who has been to China in the last decade. Sadly, air pollution is already a very serious problem in China. The air pollution in their major cities is now on a scale that is unfathomable to us in the modern West. It's beyond obvious.

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