Suck it, plaster volcanoes.
March 15, 2011 5:13 PM Subscribe
Do natural gas and oil fired power plants release radiation in the form of radium, or otherwise? How much radiation per MW would be released by a typical plant? Would the release of such elements be reduced by cogeneration of steam?
posted by evidenceofabsence to science & nature (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Over the past few days, as Metafilter has been discussing the pros and cons of nuclear energy, people have brought up the fact that coal fired energy plants produce a significant amount of radiation.
I'm wondering if the same is true of oil and natural gas fired plants.
To be clear: I'm not asking because I'm scared in any way. I'm just curious. And wondering if I missed out on the chance to do an awesome science project in high school, since I lived at the foot of a power plant.
(I can just picture the discussion now: "Mom, dad, I was wondering if you could up my allowance for a few weeks, so I can buy some radiation detection equipment and hang out at the ConEd plant....")