Are coal fired power plants as effected by natural disasters?



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    Yes, coal fired power plants can also be affected by natural disasters. One of the by-products of a coal fired plant is toxic ash. This ash is pumped into large holding reservoirs (virtually lakes since the liquid ash never gets transported). Many types of natural disasters could cause damage to the levy walls releasing this ash on any downstream towns or homes.

    Take for instance the Kingston coal power plant incident. The levies broke (without natural disaster, just poor construction) and spilt more than 1 billion gallons of toxic ash on the residents of Kingston and into the Tennessee river. This spill was over 40 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

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