About our natural background radiation

February 19, 2014

Ref.  Kenneth S. Krane: Introductory Nuclear Physics. Chapter 13: Nuclear fission. 13.7. Nuclear reactions.

The natural background radiation is released into environment in the burning of coal, and it is released in particulate form , which poses a special hazard to the lungs. Coal-burning power plant operating at 1000 MW annually releases into the atmosphere 23 kg uranium and 46 kg thorium along with their radioactive decay products most notably radon.

The radiation exposure to the general population from coal-burning power plants is several times that of nuclear power reactors.

We know far more about the risks of exposure to radioactive fission products than we know about the effect of this radioactive release from coal-burning power plants.”

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