America’s Most Vulnerable Nuclear Power Plants

3596889720_f52826d665_zIs this list a case of fear-mongering? Possibly, but I would want to be aware if one of these was in my neighborhood. The Daily Beast presents a ranking of our nation’s most ripe-for-disaster nuclear reactors, as determined by a panel of experts, with Indian Point (Buchanan, NY), San Onofre ( San Clemente, CA), and Limerick, PA rounding out the top three:

1. Indian Point

Location: Buchanan, NY (24 miles north of New York City)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 1020; Unit 3: 1025
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1973; Unit 3: 1975
Population within 50 Miles: 17,452,585
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 – 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5

2. San Onofre

Location: San Clemente, CA (45 miles southeast of Long Beach, CA)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 1070; Unit 3: 1080
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1982; Unit 3: 1982
Population within 50 Miles: 9,468,825
Relative Safety Rating: middle third
Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 4
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 0
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: approx. 225 miles
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5

3. Limerick

Location: Limerick, PA (21 miles northwest of Philadelphia)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 1: 1134; Unit 2: 1134
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 1: 1985; Unit 2: 1989
Population within 50 Miles: 7,923,148
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 – 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 5 to 10

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  • Paul Panza (who are you)

    During the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, a 90% infant mortality spike occurred at McGee Hospital in Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania due to the plume release. There is no known safe dose level of radiation, if you live within 300 miles of a nuclear plant you are exposed to constant bombardment that may cause you harm or exacerbate present medical conditions. The human body is capable of selective uptake when talking of mineral absorption; this means if you can eat organic, non-contaminated fresh fruit and vegetables your body will change out the radioactive minerals for the safer ones. People who live around the Shippingport Nuclear Facility, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania have been told not to eat from their gardens as they are not safe. This valley has the longest exposure to low-level, mid and high levels than any other group of people on the planet. So much corruption surrounds the nuclear fuel cycle, the Vital Statistic Records of our state were altered to cover up the the disease and death caused by the exposure to so called safe levels of radiation. The reason that these electrical generating facilities exist is to make weapons grade plutonium (WMDs), they are part of the military corporate complex, this is how the US military kills it own people.

    It’s been 25 years since Chernobyl fallout contaminated flora and fauna in Europe, but German hunting officials are still dealing with rising numbers of radioactive wild boars. But why?
    This burgeoning boar population munches on radiation-absorbing truffles and mushrooms, and because of an overall increase in wild boars, the number of radioactive boars has gone up as well. The German Atomic Energy Law requires Berlin to reimburse hunters who bag radioactive boars. In 2009, the government paid out approximately €425,000 — or $555,000 — for polluted piggies. According to Der Spiegel, the contaminated boar population has been the most problematic in southern Germany:

    Many of the boar that are killed land on the plates of diners across Germany, but it is forbidden to sell meat containing high levels of radioactive caesium-137 — any animals showing contamination levels higher than 600 becquerel per kilogram must be disposed of. But in some areas of Germany, particularly in the south, wild boar routinely show much higher levels of contamination. According to the Environment Ministry, the average contamination for boar shot in Bayerischer Wald, a forested region on the Bavarian border with the Czech Republic, was 7,000 becquerel per kilogram. Other regions in southern Germany aren’t much better.

  • Paul Panza (who are you)

    During the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, a 90% infant mortality spike occurred at McGee Hospital in Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania due to the plume release. There is no known safe dose level of radiation, if you live within 300 miles of a nuclear plant you are exposed to constant bombardment that may cause you harm or exacerbate present medical conditions. The human body is capable of selective uptake when talking of mineral absorption; this means if you can eat organic, non-contaminated fresh fruit and vegetables your body will change out the radioactive minerals for the safer ones. People who live around the Shippingport Nuclear Facility, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania have been told not to eat from their gardens as they are not safe. This valley has the longest exposure to low-level, mid and high levels than any other group of people on the planet. So much corruption surrounds the nuclear fuel cycle, the Vital Statistic Records of our state were altered to cover up the the disease and death caused by the exposure to so called safe levels of radiation. The reason that these electrical generating facilities exist is to make weapons grade plutonium (WMDs), they are part of the military corporate complex, this is how the US military kills it own people.

    It’s been 25 years since Chernobyl fallout contaminated flora and fauna in Europe, but German hunting officials are still dealing with rising numbers of radioactive wild boars. But why?
    This burgeoning boar population munches on radiation-absorbing truffles and mushrooms, and because of an overall increase in wild boars, the number of radioactive boars has gone up as well. The German Atomic Energy Law requires Berlin to reimburse hunters who bag radioactive boars. In 2009, the government paid out approximately €425,000 — or $555,000 — for polluted piggies. According to Der Spiegel, the contaminated boar population has been the most problematic in southern Germany:

    Many of the boar that are killed land on the plates of diners across Germany, but it is forbidden to sell meat containing high levels of radioactive caesium-137 — any animals showing contamination levels higher than 600 becquerel per kilogram must be disposed of. But in some areas of Germany, particularly in the south, wild boar routinely show much higher levels of contamination. According to the Environment Ministry, the average contamination for boar shot in Bayerischer Wald, a forested region on the Bavarian border with the Czech Republic, was 7,000 becquerel per kilogram. Other regions in southern Germany aren’t much better.

  • 5by5

    Indian Point is (thankfully) finally being closed, but the fact that it was even opened in the first place is a measure of the hubris of the nuclear industry.

    If you overlay the area which was made uninhabitable in Chernobyl over the region where Indian Point is, you see that Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Newark Trenton Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Dover, Baltimore, Syracuse, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport — basically most of the Northeastern US, lies within that area.

    Imagine evacuating NYC — in under 30 minutes.

    And the hijackers on 9/11 flew right over that plant. If they’d hit the reactor (which is actually something they considered doing, I might add), the concrete “might” have resisted the impact.

    But the building where they store the “spent” fuel rods? That ISN’T reinforced, and if the pool of water that keeps those rods cool leaks, you end up with the kind of meltdown situation we’re seeing in Japan.

    So building a plant there? Yeah. GENIUS.

    Almost as smart as the on here in California that’s built directly on an earthquake fault line.

  • 5by5

    Indian Point is (thankfully) finally being closed, but the fact that it was even opened in the first place is a measure of the hubris of the nuclear industry.

    If you overlay the area which was made uninhabitable in Chernobyl over the region where Indian Point is, you see that Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Newark Trenton Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Dover, Baltimore, Syracuse, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport — basically most of the Northeastern US, lies within that area.

    Imagine evacuating NYC — in under 30 minutes.

    And the hijackers on 9/11 flew right over that plant. If they’d hit the reactor (which is actually something they considered doing, I might add), the concrete “might” have resisted the impact.

    But the building where they store the “spent” fuel rods? That ISN’T reinforced, and if the pool of water that keeps those rods cool leaks, you end up with the kind of meltdown situation we’re seeing in Japan.

    So building a plant there? Yeah. GENIUS.

    Almost as smart as the on here in California that’s built directly on an earthquake fault line.

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