The Environmental Issues
Of Electricity Production
The variety of fuels
used to generate electricity all have some impact on the environment.
Fossil fuel power plants release air pollution, require large amounts
of cooling water, and can mar large tracts of land during the mining process.
Nuclear power plants are generating and accumulating copious quantities
of radioactive waste that currently lack any repository. Even renewable
energy facilities can affect wildlife (fish and birds), involve hazardous
wastes, or require cooling water.
For specifics on any
- Air impacts
- Climate change
- Acid rain
- Ozone (smog) and fine particulates
- Air toxics (mercury)
- Water impacts
- Consumption of water resources
- Pollution of water bodies
- Land impacts
- On-site land impacts
- Off-site land impacts
Also see technologies
for details on the various methods of producing electricity.