16 Apr '11, 3am

One In Three US Citizens Live 50 Miles Or Less From A Nuclear Reactor

When the US nuclear fleet was being assembled back in the 1970's I worked as a subcontractor assisting with environmental impact studies. Many of today's operating plants were at the time sited in rural to semi-rural settings. (Before the terms "MegaMansion " or "Cluster Development" had been coined.) Context : I recall a colleague telling me about a morning knocked on a farm house door to get permission to cross their land and, speaking with the family as they cooked breakfast on a woodstove, saw a nice window view of the nearby nuclear reactor. Environmentalists of the time made it up as they went along. Environmental activism was nascent in the 70's. States pretty much took the lead on overseeing everything outside of NRC jurisdiction and thus oversaw management of such environmental risks as could be scientifically demonstrated. For this, they needed field studies. Env...

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