Dangerous Fly Ash

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Recently, we have been hearing about the disastrous effects of nuclear power stations. But have we ever wondered that radiation which is much worse than that emitted by nuclear power station may be closer to home! All countries which have at one time or another used coal for their power stations have a deposit of fly ash. This fly ash produces radio active waste which is very hazardous because it has a high concentration of uranium and thorium. Although fly ash is often deposited in remote areas, it is often close to farms especially in densely populated countries like Malta. Locally, there is a four storey fly ash waste dump site at Benghajsa. Besides affecting people and being a great eyesore, the radio active waste is leached into the soil and aquifer and also into the nearby sea destroying biodiversity. Is there no better solution for these dumping sites?

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