NRDC: 120 Million Americans at Risk to Fukushima-Like Nuclear Accident
According to CommonDreams.org NRDC has released a new interactive map showing the 65 nuclear power plants that have 104 operating nuclear power reactors in the U.S. NRDC says that 120 million Americans are at risk of nuclear radiation fallout.
"There are clear lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster, yet our government allows the risks to remain,” said NRDC Scientist Jordan Weaver, PhD. “It doesn’t have to take an earthquake and a tsunami to trigger a severe nuclear meltdown. In addition to human error and hostile acts, more common occurrences like hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding – all of which took place around the country last year – could cause the same type of power failure in U.S. plants."
23 of these are G.E. BWR Mark I nuclear reactors similar to those that failed at Fukushima. You can view a maps showing these 23 nuclear power reactors and tornado incidence.
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You may download a GIS shapefile that includes all 104 nuclear power reactors at the 65 U.S. nuclear power plants. I have also prepared GIS shapefiles indicating historical earthquakes and seismic hazards - you can download these for free. You may also download maps in TIF, PNG and PDF formats.
"There are 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. If one of them lost both primary and backup power for even a matter of hours, it could lead to a meltdown and an airborne radioactive plume. See what could have happened if a reactor in your area had a severe nuclear accident on March 11, 2011"
View the NRDC Interactive Nuclear Risk Maps
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