Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We’re calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign.
The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that the current 10 mile Emergency Planning Zones in the U.S. are woefully inadequate to protect the American people.
150,000 people in Japan were evacuated from more than 25 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi, and hundreds of thousands more remain in contaminated areas. Yet 80% of the airborne radiation released by Fukushima blew over the Pacific Ocean rather than over populated areas. We can’t count on a favorable wind to protect the American people from a nuclear accident!
For more on this story, visit: Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones.