The Data center is slated to use gas developed from the Marcellus Shale region to our northwest.

Unlike the old sources of natural gas in Texas and Louisiana, the Marcellus Shale natural gas has a high concentration of Radon.

Radon has always been known to embed itself in natural gas.  However the gas coming into Newark’s Data Center Power Plant, will have a higher concentration of radon. from the shorter distance it travels, and from the higher concentrations known to abound in Devonian shales ranging between 8 and 32 times more powerful that that found in Gulf gas wells.

A high of 2576 pCi/L. versus a low of 37 pCi/L for Gulf and Texas natural gas.  Furthermore, at at half life of 3.8 days, radioactive radon will have a higher concentration traveling just 300 miles at 10 miles per hour as opposed to 1800 miles through a trans-continental pipeline.

Being an inert gas, radon will not be destroyed when natural gas is burned… As an inert gas radon if inhaled, will be exhaled. The problem is that radioactive elements break down into other elements. When radon decays one of the elements it leaves behind, is lead.

Inside nine power plants studied, the radioactivity from radon was under 8 mR/hour.  When radon decays one of the elements it leaves behind, is lead.

So how much radon will be emitted?

If we take the assumption given to us by the investors that this powerplant will run at full capacity 24/7, then a 248 Megawatt plant will require 1736 GJ’s (gigajoules) of natural gas each hour….<Convert 1736 Gigajoules to Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas“> 1,645,410.52 cubic meters containing at an average of 1450 pc/ls or 39Bq/m*3 and multiply all together, we get this amount of Radon falling down on Newark…. 64,482,304 Bq’s….

Just for the record, Canada set its safe level at 200/m*3.

Particles tend to fall one meter for every meter they extend outward from their source. In a stack they can continue much higher than the stack itself, as the thermal current carries the particles upward. Once they begin to fall they usually without wind drop one meter per meter heights…

If one takes the trajectory of the Delaware City Power plants plumes the most oft direction is northeast. One could assume those directly northeast of the power plant would feel the most effect from having 64,482,304 Bq’s raining down on them each hour….. this is compared to the 10 Bq’s found in open air...

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. 8% of lung cancer deaths are currently attributed to ambient radon. That which is naturally occurring. Those facing higher concentrations, have a higher incidence.

Newark is guaranteed to have a higher incidence than current, if this power plant goes through…

How much difference? Try 64,482,304 Bq’s to 10 Bq’s of a difference…. Get ready to die.

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