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JimHopf said...

In reponse to Gary. It is obvious that nuclear plants have no impact on public health under normal operation. Nobody living around nuclear plants gets more than 0.1% of what they get from natural background sources, and no correlation between background radiation levels and the incidence of any form of disease has ever been observed.

Furthermore, Fukishima, which is as bad as an accident can be at a nuclear plant (multiple core meltdowns), yet there have been no deaths (public or worker) and most experts agree that there will be no measurable health impacts.

US nuclear plant workers do not have cancer (or other disease) rates that are any higher than the general public. And OSHA statistics show that it is the safest heavy industry to work in.

Experts and scientific studies on the health risks and environmental impacts of various energy sources all agree that nuclear's environmental/health impacts are tiny compared to fossil fuels, and similar to renewables. US nuclear plants have never killed a member of the public, or had any measurable health impact, whereas coal plants are known to cause ~25,000 deaths every single year (according to EPA) and are the leading cause of global warming.

July 14, 2011 at 8:53 p.m.

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