[ RadSafe ] Nuclear power plant cooling towers

Schwarz, Jon jon.schwarz at nebraska.gov
Thu Aug 21 11:14:58 CDT 2014

You may want to check with the NRC.

Several years ago they conducted surveys of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zones around several nuclear power stations to see just how aware the general public was aware of procedures regarding what to do in a nuclear power station emergency.  I do not recall the specific questions that the survey asked but that it was quite long.



Jonathan (Jon) F. Schwarz, Manager
Technical Hazards Section
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
2433 NW 24th Street, Lincoln, NE 68524-1801
Office:  402-471-7420
Cell:      402-570-7982
Fax:      402-471-0427

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear power plant cooling towers

Just curious ... in publicity photos, the cooling towers of a nuclear power plant are often shown with a full plume of steam floating out the top into the air.  I believe the intent is to suggest smoke pollution being released as in pictures of tall industrial smokestacks billowing smoke into the air.

Does anyone know of any surveys or have information about the extent to which the public is aware that it is simply steam or condensed water vapor being released from the cooling towers?  (Or heaven forbid, am I mistaken? Dog would never forgive me.)

Maury&Dog   [MaurySiskel maurysis at peoplepc.com]
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