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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 issue:  

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.

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