Given the materials required to build a coal power plant, how much waste will need disposing of when the plant is ultimately retired and decommissioned? Given the amount of cement and steel (as found in research articles), and assuming a 39 year lifetime, each megawatt hour of electricity from a coal plant will require about 6.2 pounds of materials, largely steel and cement.

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