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Are You Within a Nuclear Reactor Accident Evacuation Zone?
April 26, 2011
You might be. One-third of Americans live within 50 miles
of a nuclear reactor. Check out our new mapping tool to see if you fall within an evacuation zone and are at risk.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) mandates that
nuclear operators have plans for a 10-mile radius in the event of an
accident. However, in the ongoing
Fukushima nuclear crisis, the NRC recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone for
Americans. Should an accident of the
same scale occur in the United States, we have no plans to orderly,
quickly, and safely evacuate people within 50 miles of a reactor.
This new PSR tool can show you both 10-mile and 50-mile
evacuation zones as well as the number of individuals that would have to be
evacuated, based on current population data.
Imagine evacuating 17 million people from New York City in the event of
an accident at Indian Point. Imagine the
economic impact of individuals never being able to return because of long-lived
People are living closer and closer to reactors than they
did when the reactors were first constructed.
In the event of a Fukushima-type accident, people could be permanently
displaced from their homes and lose their property and possessions.
We are clearly not prepared for an accident on the scale
that we witnessed at Chernobyl nor the scale that we are currently witnessing
View the mapping tool here
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More than two years since the nuclear disaster began at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, its impact is massive and widespread. It will be decades before the full scope of the impacts of this ongoing disaster is fully understood but significant health, economic, environmental and social consequences are already evident and quantifiable. Read more »
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