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#3199314 - 11/27/13 02:47 AM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Tomcat_80]
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I'm not sure on the link between mercury and nukes...

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#3199472 - 11/27/13 08:44 AM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Shannow]
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Coal fired power plants generate a fair amount of mercury themselves. Could the mercury problem in Crystal River been caused by the coal fired units there?


Edited by wvrailroader (11/27/13 08:51 AM)

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#3200690 - 11/28/13 03:56 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: wvrailroader]
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Bingo, we have a load of coal plants in southern Saskatchewan, and mercury problems in that part of the province, too.
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#3200771 - 11/28/13 06:30 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Garak]
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Yeah, I don't know where mercury would come out of a nuclear plant.

Originally Posted By: Garak
Bingo, we have a load of coal plants in southern Saskatchewan, and mercury problems in that part of the province, too.
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#3200827 - 11/28/13 08:14 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Tomcat_80]
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If it's coal pwer, they are ding something wrong...yes, coal has mercury, but we don't see it in rivers or fish around here.

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#3200854 - 11/28/13 09:13 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Shannow]
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I was just speculating, Shannow. I don't know if it is from the coal plants or something else at all. There's been a long standing mercury issue in the fish in this part of the province, and we've had coal plants here forever. Maybe they're old plants. Maybe it's the climate. Maybe they're doing something wrong. Maybe it's something else altogether. I honestly have no idea, and really didn't look into it much. We don't have much here beyond agriculture and coal power, so I don't know where it's coming from. wink

There are a couple mercury warnings in the north part of the province, but that is, notably, only in the coldest waters and the longest lived, slowest growing fish, and the warnings allude to the life span and temperatures.
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#3200893 - 11/28/13 10:41 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Tomcat_80]
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Not saying that it's not the coal power...there is mercury in the stuff for sure...I just know what we do, and what's not a problem, and has me scratching.

Fish at the top of the food chain accumulates the stuff...when I lived in Adelaide, shark was only available at the fish and chip shops on Fridays to limit community exposure to mercury.

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#3200982 - 11/29/13 05:53 AM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Shannow]
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Originally Posted By: Shannow
I'm not sure on the link between mercury and nukes...


Neither are we.

But as already stated they burnt a LOT of coal there as this plant had a lot of problems. And still does...
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#3200983 - 11/29/13 06:03 AM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Tomcat_80]
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Gold mining is the greatest source of mercury pollution but coal is the second largest. Mercury also once it is in the food chain will just keep on going up the food ladder.

Mercury in the Environment
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#3201380 - 11/29/13 05:02 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: SteveSRT8]
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Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
Originally Posted By: Shannow
I'm not sure on the link between mercury and nukes...


Neither are we.

But as already stated they burnt a LOT of coal there as this plant had a lot of problems. And still does...


I was getting confused...

thanks to wiki Crystal River is 4 coal fired power stations and 1 nuke on the same campus.

Looking at Google Maps 2858&#8242;N 8242&#8242;W , the coal stockpile drainage appears to be directly into the cooling water intake canal, which is straight back into the river...

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#3201401 - 11/29/13 05:29 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Shannow]
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Originally Posted By: Shannow
Fish at the top of the food chain accumulates the stuff...when I lived in Adelaide, shark was only available at the fish and chip shops on Fridays to limit community exposure to mercury.

I remember reading about the issue with sharks, too, notably because of its position on the food chain. With reference to SHOZ's comments, we don't have much gold mining in this province. We have some now, but it essentially didn't exist when the mercury issue was really publicized. There is a lot of coal power here, and I suspect some of the infrastructure is rather dated.
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#3201408 - 11/29/13 05:34 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: Tomcat_80]
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In the Chicago area they shut down 4 coal plants this year due to the emissions. Unless those plants have new scrubbers and other environmental controls they are gross polluters.
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#3201672 - 11/29/13 10:00 PM Re: Hydrogen powered cars? [Re: SHOZ]
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I'm going to guess that only one of our plants is even remotely new. wink
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