Radiological Impact of Airborne Effluents of Coal and Nuclear Plants

@article{Mcbride1978RadiologicalIO,
  title={Radiological Impact of Airborne Effluents of Coal and Nuclear Plants},
  author={J. P. Mcbride and R. Moore and J. Witherspoon and R. E. Blanco},
  journal={Science},
  year={1978},
  volume={202},
  pages={1045 - 1050}
}
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… Expand
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