Improve Emergency Response Planning for Nuclear Reactors

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Target: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Goal: Expand the emergency evacuation zone around nuclear reactors

Nuclear reactors in the United States provide useful energy, but also pose the threat of a dangerous accident. Current regulations provide a small radius for emergency evacuation that would not be effective in the case of an accident. There is a fear that because of this small radius, an accident could easily turn into a disaster. As a result, the radius should be extended to 50 miles to prevent widespread death and damage from a radiation accident.

The disaster at Fukushima in 2011 prompted the call for more emergency preparation. Currently, the evacuation zone around many U.S. nuclear reactors is only 10 miles. However, the Fukushima incident showed that radiation can spread for at least 25 miles around the disaster site. A 10 mile radius is not enough to protect people living near nuclear reactors. Additionally, many cities near these reactors are unprepared to carry out evacuations if necessary. More emergency planning is clearly needed as well as a larger evacuation zone.

The fact remains that a nuclear disaster is always a threat. Communities that live near nuclear reactors must be prepared for an emergency. Current plans and evacuation zones do not allow for proper preparations. Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors should be increased to 50 miles.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

The current evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors include only a 10 mile radius. However, the Fukushima incident in 2011 showed that in the event of a nuclear meltdown, radiation can spread up to 25 miles around the disaster site. This means that the current evacuation zones do not prepare the communities near nuclear reactors for an emergency.

I ask you to increase the evacuation zones to a 50 mile radius. This will be far enough away from the radiation to keep people safe. For those who live near nuclear reactors, being prepared in case of an emergency is very important. Expanding evacuation zones will help these people be prepared for emergencies.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Higgins says:

    I agree that we are not very well prepared, but I’m not sure why you’re
    asking for 50 miles when the radiation danger would likely cover a 25 mile
    radius.

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