Health and environmental effects of coal-fired electric power plants [electronic resource].
- Upton, N.Y. : Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1984. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 44 : digital, PDF file
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- Brookhaven National Laboratory and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- This paper describes health and environmental impacts of coal-fired electric power plants. Effects on man, agriculture, and natural ecosystems are considered. These effects may result from direct impacts or exposures via air, water, and food chains. The paper is organized by geographical extent of effect. Occupational health impacts and local environmental effects such as noise and solid waste leachate are treated first. Then, regional effects of air pollution, including acid rain, are analyzed. Finally, potential global impacts are examined. Occupational health concerns considered include exposure to noise, dust, asbestos, mercury, and combustion products, and resulting injury and disease. Local effects considered include noise; air and water emissions of coal storage piles, solid waste operations, and cooling systems. Air pollution, once an acute local problem, is now a regional concern. Acute and chronic direct health effects are considered. Special attention is given to potential effects of radionuclides in coal and of acid rain. Finally, potential global impacts associated with carbon dioxide emissions are considered. 88 references, 9 tables.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 05/01/1984., "bnl-35460", " conf-8405235-2", "DE85004043", International congress on the prospects and problems of coal-fired power plants, Brindisi, Italy, 10 May 1984., and Hamilton, L.D.; Morris, S.C.
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