Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant in America Is About 30 Miles From New York City

From New York Magazine

As if it wasn't bad enough that a giant tsunami is probably going to wash over much of the city at some point (hopefully after everyone gets their own personal jetpacks — which we haven't forgotten about, by the way, scientists), now we also have a nuclear disaster to worry about. According to calculations by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, out of all the nuclear reactors in the country, the one with the highest risk of core damage from an earthquake is reactor number 3 at Indian Point, the facility in Westchester that provides about a third of New York City's power. The risk is still small — a 1 in 10,000 chance each year — but it's apparently large enough to be "right on the verge of requiring 'immediate concern regarding adequate protection' of the public."

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