Coal power plants produce radioactive ash – which is released into the environment. This ash releases more radioactivity into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant – meaning if you live next to a coal plant, you are exposed to more radioactive particles and have likely ingested more radioactivity than if you lived next to a nuclear power plant. The same applies if you live near a landfill that receives coal ash, or get your tap water from the drainage basin which that landfill feeds.
Certainly, this does not cover the 'what if' situation around a nuclear meltdown. But it does raise the question, what is the environmental and human health impact costs of the two technologies? Could a shift to green technology meet our growing energy demands with a guaranteed minimum power consumption condition?
Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste
By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation