09-08-2008, 12:17 AM
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Tyyr, that's true, but they can still measure the amount of radioactive material in the coal that goes in vs. what's left in the solid waste product and there's a measurable difference. The difference must have gone somewhere, and that somewhere is the flue gas stream.
I'm not trying to argue that there's some scary amount of radiation going on with coal-fired plants, but rather that the radiation fear that people have about nuclear power plants is unfounded because they're already receiving more radiation exposure from conventional plants than they would even living in close proximity to a nuclear plant.