Relative Danger of Energy Sources
5. How many have already died from US nuclear power plants in normal
< 100 100 –
– 10,000 10,000 -
100,000 > 100,000
A typical coal power plant releases
much more radioactivity
into the environment than does a nuclear power plant.
US nuclear reactors now operate near 90% capacity
(they are running 90% of the time), as plant improvements since Three
Mile Island have decreased the time needed for refueling, and for
maintenance and accidents. This high capacity is an indication of fewer
problems, minor and major.
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