But we wouldn’t need this kind of stuff if we moved full force towards renewable energy. If we stopped blocking major wind project, including the Great Lakes Off-Shore Wind project (GLOW), if we made permitting easy for solar and wind construction, if we increase funding for battery storage (oil industry gets billions of subsidies); and if we conserved energy (absolutely no one anywhere is suggesting that folks cut back on using energy); we wouldn’t have to live with the constant fear and vigilance that living next to nuclear plants mean.
We shouldn’t have to live this way; there are other options, but we act as if nuclear power points were a fact and fixture of nature. They are not. They are putting us in jeopardy because of Murphy’s Law :
“It is found that anything that can go wrong at sea generally does go wrong sooner or later, so it is not to be wondered that owners prefer the safe to the scientific.... Sufficient stress can hardly be laid on the advantages of simplicity. The human factor cannot be safely neglected in planning machinery. If attention is to be obtained, the engine must be such that the engineer will be disposed to attend to it” Murphy's law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You shouldn’t have to take iodine pills just to live in your own home near an energy facility.
OK, here what you need to know because we live near a nuclear plant:
State Health Department Addresses Questions on Radiation Impact from Japan Nuclear Plants "ALBANY, N.Y. (March 17, 2011) - In the wake of last Friday's major earthquake and ensuing tsunami that damaged several nuclear power plants in Japan, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is reassuring New Yorkers today that no U.S. states are expected to experience harmful levels of radiation. In addition, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is providing the following information to address concerns about health and safety related to radiation. What is the expected impact in the United States? A number of federal agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are continually monitoring radiation levels of air, drinking water, milk and precipitation across the country. This nationwide monitoring network, RadNet, will alert the agencies to any changes in radiation levels. Additional monitoring sites in Hawaii, Alaska and Guam have also been added in the wake of the evolving situation in Japan. At this time, no U.S. states are expected to experience harmful levels of radiation. DOH also conducts routine air monitoring for radioactivity and will be able to detect any changes in radiation levels in New York State. " (March 17, 2011) New York State Department of Health