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Emergency Response

Because reactors are so dangerous, an emergency response and evacuation plan are essential. Yet many reactor sites are not easily accessible making such evacuation plans unrealistic and the demands placed on emergency response teams unachievable.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Glitches abound in first ever test of national emergency alert system

As reported in the New York Times article "Had This Been an Actual Emergency...Oops!", problems plagued the first ever test of the national emergency alert system on Americans' radios and t.v. sets nationwide. This calls into question its reliability in a nuclear related crisis, of course.

Monday
Jul042011

Sen. Casey calls for GAO probe of nuclear emergency plans

As Jeff Donn at the Associated Press reports, U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr., Democrat of Pennsylvania (pictured at left), has called upon the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congress's investigative arm, to report back to him on the adequacy of NRC, FEMA, and nuclear industry emergency plans. His action comes in response to AP's report on the explosion of populations around nuclear power plants in the past 30 years (see that article in the posting below).

Sunday
Jul032011

Residents nearby atomic reactors question adequacy of emergency evacuation plans

Jeff Donn at the Associated Press has published another follow up article to his four-part exposé "Aging Nukes." The current article is entitled "Some worry about nuclear plant evacuation plans." It follows a June 27th article entitled "Populations around U.S. nuke plants soar."

Saturday
Jul022011

False assumptions behind U.S. 10 mile emergency evacuation zones

In a June 5th video posted at the Updates section of the Fairewinds Associates website, nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen explains how false assumptions and speculations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission undermine the adequacy of current 10 mile emergency evacuation zones around U.S. atomic reactors. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe has shown clearly that NRC's assumptions are overly optimistic. In fact, NRC -- followed by the White House and State Department -- instructed Americans in Japan to evacuate at least 50 miles away from the triple meltdown, pool fire(s), and explosions.

Monday
Jun272011

Doug Guarino wins awards for exposing lack of plan and funding for clean up after nuclear accident in U.S.

Inside EPA's Doug Guarino has won a set of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)-Washington Dateline for his series of articles that show how EPA and other government agencies still lack clear policies for how to address the risks of radiation from nuclear power plants and other sources, decades after construction of the first reactors. At the SPJ awards ceremony June 14, Doug not only won first prize in SPJ's newsletter category for which he had been nominated, but he was also selected at the judge's discretion for SPJ's Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award, which is awarded for an entry "that best exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust." Read both award winning stories here, including the Nov. 10, 2010 "Agencies Struggle to Craft Offsite Cleanup Plan for Nuclear Power Accidents."