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Morbius
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Nov5-04, 09:29 AM
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Quote Quote by russ_watters
Morbius's 3,000 tons per year, which could be significantly lower if the "environmentalists" didn't stand in the way, is absolutely trivial compared to the billions of tons of pollution from fossil fuels that gets into the environment every year. And remember, none of that 3,000 tons of nuclear waste gets into the environment.
Russ,

Exactly!

The anti-nukes are so afraid of radioactivity and radiation - but the fools
don't understand that fossil fuels put more radioactivity into the
environment than does nuclear!

From scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory:

http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/...t/colmain.html

Fossil fuels like coal contain trace amounts of radioactive uranium and
thorium. Because we burn BILLIONS of tonnes of coal each and every
year - THOUSANDS of tonnes of radioactive uranium and thorium go up
the stack into the environment!!

Quoting from the Oak Ridge article:

"Americans living near coal-fired power plants are exposed to higher
radiation doses than those living near nuclear power plants that meet
government regulations"

and

"The population effective dose equivalent from coal plants is 100 times
that from nuclear plants"

Dr. Gregory Greenman
Physicist