People in America living near coal-fired power stations are exposed to higher radiation doses than those living near nuclear power plants.
Coal ash contains uranium. Thus, coal stations emit radiation as nuclear power plants do. However, coal stations actually emit more radiation than a nuclear power plant. Now, nuclear power plants are dangerous, but so are coal plants, petrol repositories, fossil-fuel burning, and wind turbines.
This is ironic, because people get freaked out more by the idea of nuclear power plants, and not coal plants. Research has found that coal fired power stations expose us to higher radiation doses than nuclear power plants do. So, statistically looking at actual death rates of different electricity sources we see some interesting things.
For instance, oil, lignite, and coal have the highest death rates. They are followed by peat and biomass power. Nuclear and wind energy are the best power sources when viewing death rates and hydroelectricity is the optimal type of power source in some countries. Many people are extremely anti-nuclear power plants, though, due to the big, notable accidents that have occurred. Still, proponents of nuclear power claim it's one of the safest ways to get energy.