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What goes up must come down?

October 1, 2019
Marshall Stack Emissions2

Others are looking to sequestered coal ash as the cause of the high rates of thyroid cancer downwind of Marshall Steam Station, which I disagree with.  Downwind implies an airborne emissions source (fly ash, etc).  The fly ash/particulate and water vapor will build up on high voltage transmission lines and increase external ionizing radiation (Corona discharge/UVc). External Ionizing radiation is a known cause of thyroid cancer according to Duke’s MIT Scientist 🙂

Marshall PM10 Particulate

 

From Duke Energy’s Scientist:

Radiation is the only known environmental exposure that has been clearly linked to thyroid cancer. And coal ash contains radium at low levels. So how can we know coal ash doesn’t cause thyroid cancer? In short: Studies have shown radioactive iodine causes thyroid cancer, while radium does not.

Two very specific types of radiation are associated with thyroid cancer: external ionizing radiation and exposure to iodine-131. Yet as DHHS noted, extensive tests show no community exposures to this type of radiation around the McGuire Nuclear Station site during the past 40 years. [They have never reported testing on UVc ionizing radiation emissions in the past 40 years, oops! forgot to tell you!]

Want to see “External Ionizing Radiation” in the air around high voltage transmission lines and insulators?  Here you go:

 

  1. https://news.duke-energy.com/our-perspective/science-instead-of-speculation-examining-coal-ash-and-health-concerns?fbclid=IwAR1z9dXtuyJZeeZNsZ-UnBmwxy3zbu_gSa0CsUvcSQ28ebn1A_to5du4p8w
  2. https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Marshall_Steam_Station#Table_1:_Death_and_disease_attributable_to_fine_particle_pollution_from_Marshall_Steam_Station
  3. https://deq.nc.gov/public-notice-intent-issue-air-quality-permit-duke-energy-carolinas-llc-marshall-steam-station-0
  4. https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/9/2/87/htm
  5. https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/deq-orders-coal-ash-closures/facilities-and-permits
  6. https://www.powermag.com/scrubbing-optimizing-flue-gas-desulfurization-technologies-is-essential/
  7. https://www.iea-coal.org/wet-scrubbers-for-particulate-control/
  8. https://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/2194/MortonV_MP.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
  9. https://res.mdpi.com/d_attachment/applsci/applsci-09-00856/article_deploy/applsci-09-00856.pdf
  10. https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/deq-orders-coal-ash-closures/facilities-and-permits

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