[ RadSafe ] NRC Recommending Americans keep 50 mi distant. A new 50 mile radius EPZ needed??
jjc105 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 17 14:49:22 CDT 2011
Several years ago, I was involved in a study that required an understanding of
the rationale behind setting the EPZ distance at 10 miles. The research leading
to that decision, which likely cost >$1 million, had resulted in a six volume
report including assessments of radiation effects, meteorological evaluations
and other supposedly relevant subjects. It concluded that 10 miles was a
reasonable distance for an EPZ for nuclear power reactor sites. We spent a lot
of effort trying to track how the 10 mile distance was derived, but despite
considerable effort, were unsuccessful. We could only conclude that selection of
this distance was largely arbitrary. Therefore, it is interesting to note the
effort to raise this distance to 50 miles. Maybe now the NRC will reveal the
reason(s) why 10 miles is not good enough, and 50 miles might be better.
From: Stewart Farber <radproject at sbcglobal.net>
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Sent: Thu, March 17, 2011 11:46:04 AM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] NRC Recommending Americans keep 50 mi distant. A new 50
mile radius EPZ needed??
News reports just mentioned the US NRC Commisioner recommended that Americans in
Japan should keep themselves 50 miles from the Fukushima site.
This must be part of the NRC's new program to establish a 50 mile EPZ [vs. 10
miles now ] around the 104 US reactors. Why have a 10 mi. EPZ [ 78 sq. miles]
when a 50 mile radius [1963 sq. miles] is seemingly needed per the NRC
Commissioner for another country?
Is today's NRC Commissioner recommendation a component of a new Federal Full
Employment Act initiative for increasing nuclear plant EPZ planners by a factor
of 25? I'm sure certain interests are salivating at the opportunity to
introduce new legislation to force an increase in the current EPZ from a radius
of 10 to 50 miles since the NRC seems to think it's advisable.
Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
Farber Medical Solutions, LLC
farber at farber.info
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