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The "dangers" of nuclear power (Three Mile Island)

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Three Mile Island was the worst nuclear accident to ever occur in the United States. What you may not know is that the average additional radiation exposure for the surrounding population was 1.2 millirems, and the maximum exposure at the plant itself was below 100 millirems.

"Extensive research has established it takes exposures well in excess of 100,000 millirems for a detectable effect." [1]

"The average American receives radiation exposure of about 360 millirems annually from all sources, according to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements." [2]

"The entire nuclear industry, including all nuclear power plants, contributes less than one percent of all radiation in the environment. No ill effect has ever been experienced from these minute amounts of radioactivity." (italics added) [3]

Making a round-trip cross country airline flight will expose you to an additional 5 millirems of radiation [4], more than four times the exposure to the surrounding population from the worst nuclear accident in the history of the United States.

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[1] Trashing the Planet, Dixy Lee Ray with Lou Guzzo, HarperPerennial, p. 99.

[2] http://www.entergy-nuclear.com/content/res...onRadiation.pdf.

[3] Ray, p. 126.

[4] See footnote 2.

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My favorite rejoinder to the dangers of TMI was there were more people killed in Ted Kennedy's car than were ever killed in mishaps to nuclear generating facilities in the U.S. .

Bob Kolker

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