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Radiological impact of airborne effluents of coal and nuclear plants.

Authors
  • McBride, J P
  • Moore, R E
  • Witherspoon, J P
  • Blanco, R E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Dec 08, 1978
Volume
202
Issue
4372
Pages
1045–1050
Identifiers
PMID: 17777943
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Radiation doses from airborne effluents of model coal-fired and nuclear power plants (1000 megawatts electric) are compared. Assuming a 1 percent ash release to the atmosphere (Environmental Protection Agency regulation) and 1 part per million of uranium and 2 parts per million of thorium in the coal (approximately the U.S. average), population doses from the coal plant are typically higher than those from pressurized-water or boiling-water reactors that meet government regulations. Higher radionuclide contents and ash releases are common and would result in increased doses from the coal plant. The study does not assess the impact of non-radiological pollutants or the total radiological impacts of a coal versus a nuclear economy.

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