TITLE

RADIATION'S LINGERING DREAD

AUTHOR(S)
Erikson, Kai
PUB. DATE
March 1991
SOURCE
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1991, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses how anxiety over radiation exposure lingers long after a nuclear accident. It is increasingly obvious, as the special report on radiation and health in last September's Bulletin points out in compelling detail, that a good deal more low-level radiation has been released into the environment either by accident or design than any of us have been allowed to know. But we are only now learning that radiation has been escaping for years from nuclear weapons plants like the ones at Fernald (Ohio), Rocky Flats (Colorado), and Hanford (Washington) in this country and from nuclear reprocessing plants like the one at Sellafield in England. When the Three Mile Island emergency was at its height, Governor Richard Thornburgh of Pennsylvania issued a calm and measured advisory suggesting that pregnant women and preschool children within a five-mile radius of the plant might want to evacuate, while everybody else within a distance of 10 miles ought to consider taking shelter in their own homes. The accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, both involving radiation, are of a kind with recent events at Love Canal and Bhopal, both involving toxic substances of another sort.
ACCESSION #
9104080947

 

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