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Thursday, 27th January 2011

Cost of Electric Power Report: Enormous Health and Water Impacts of Coal and Nuclear Power "Hidden" From Consumers

Cost of Electric Power Report: Enormous Health and Water Impacts of Coal and Nuclear Power "Hidden" From Consumers

Source:  Civil Society Institute

An astounding 200 billion gallons of water withdrawn from America's water supply each day … annual costs to society from premature deaths due to power plant pollution so high that they are up to four times the price of all electricity produced in the U.S. … and four metric tons of high-level radioactive wastes for every terawatt of electricity produced by nuclear reactors, even though there is no long-term storage solution in place. These are just some of the little understood and largely "hidden" water, health and other costs from U.S. coal and nuclear electricity production detailed in a new analysis released today by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI) think tank. The Synapse report for CSI also outlines the considerable health impacts of the nation's current reliance on coal and nuclear power.

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