Coal Ash More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste. Seriously?

Studies conducted over the past few years have shown that coal ash, or fly ash, is more radioactive than nuclear waste. In fact, one of the conclusions these studies draw is,

…the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts. 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.


Coal contains uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. When burned, these elements produce radiation in trace amounts. But when coal is burned into fly ash, the radiation produced goes up as much as ten times. Fly ash uranium leaches into the soil and water surrounding a coal plant, affecting cropland and, in turn, food. People living within a two mile radius of a coal plant are in danger of ingesting radiation. In fact, their exposure to radiation goes up by as much as 5 percent!


This is truly disturbing information. In fact, it’s the kind of thing one hopes to hear more about from government sources and such like. Especially in a country where coal is used as rampantly as it is India. I mean who hasn’t sat around a wonderfully warm angithi  on a cold winter’s night? It would’ve been nice to know that doing that means exposing oneself to harmful, radiation. Yikes!


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