The average coal plant burns approximately 200 coal cars a day, with 100 tons per car. This makes 73,000 cars per year, or 7,300,000 tons per year.
The average nuclear plant uses about 0.005 of a rail car of fuel per day. 20 tons per year.
Since it's really tough to compare 7,300,000 tons to 20 tons, here's a chart of how many cars that is per day. That is 200 cars to 0.005 cars. Since 0.005 of a rail car is also hard to be exact on, let's just imagine it is the speck drawn on the below car (it's actually smaller than that speck).
Next, think about this. alllll that coal waste, where is it going? Into your air and environment. In the U.S. alone, coal power plants produce 130 million tons of fly ash waste and 1.98 billion tons of CO2 each year.
Where's the used nuclear fuel? All of it is stored on the nuclear site, in secure containers.
The final kicker? Used nuclear fuel still contains an immense amount of energy--over 95% of the potential energy contained in that small amount of material is not even used. Advanced reactors will one day be routinely used to recycle this waste.
THE AMOUNT OF COAL BURNED IN ONE DAY IN ONE COAL PLANT:
THE AMOUNT OF NUCLEAR FUEL USED IN ONE DAY (0.005 of a rail car)