samhill wrote:Richard, I found more about the same radioactive waste problem here in Pa.
Sam the story I mentioned I don't recall anything about radioactive waste, this was just nasty *censored*.
As already mentioned you have to be careful about anything being labeled radioactive, everything is radioactive. You are surrounded by radioactivity, RUN! Perhaps it's a concern and perhaps it's irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and I have no trust that anyone in the media is going to get the story straight or will even attempt to get it straight. They hear radioactive and they are gong to run with it, it may be no more dangerous than getting an x-ray once in your life.
Coal ash is more radioactive than nuclear waste.
If you read this headline and the way this article is constructed you would think we should all be glowing in the dark and that's the intention. This is supposed to be a well respected scientific publication intended for consumption by the general public. http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... ear-waste/
Now skip to the end and read the addendum that was added a year after that article was published.
*Editor's Note (posted 12/30/08): In response to some concerns raised by readers, a change has been made to this story. 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." Our source for this statistic is Dana Christensen, an associate lab director for energy and engineering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as 1978 paper in Science authored by J.P. McBride and colleagues, also of ORNL.
As a general clarification, ounce for ounce, coal ash released from a power plant delivers more radiation than nuclear waste shielded via water or dry cask storage.