Lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl for Public Health
Apr 26, 2011
A new mapping tool displays evacuation zones and populations that would need to be evacuated around nuclear reactors. Total population within a 50 mile radius of the San Onofre Nuclear Station is 8,010,180. The number of Diablo Canyon Power Plant evacuees is 448,705.
In time to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a new briefing book, Lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl for Public Health. This publication serves as a public resource, providing information about the health dangers created by nuclear power accidents. The briefing book highlights different issues, including the challenges of accident evacuation and spent nuclear fuel storage. It is comprised of chapters contributed by PSR’s experts – Jeff Patterson, DO, Ira Helfand, MD, —Steven Starr, MT, Andrew S. Kanter, MD MPH, and John Rachow, MD. To read the full report click here.
In addition to the briefing book, PSR also released a new mapping tool which allows you to see the locations of nuclear reactor evacuation zones in the US. The map displays both the evacuation zones that fall within a 10 and 50-mile radius of the nuclear reactor. The map also includes the number of people that would have to be evacuated in the event of an accident based on current population data. One third of Americans currently live within an evacuation zone.