Monday, March 21, 2011

Imagine if We Were Advised to Stay 50 Miles Away from Indian Point

U.S. officials have warned Americans in Japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Peter Applebome points out in the Times this morning exactly which areas are within 50 miles of Indian Point -- essentially all of metropolitan New York.

He writes:

Try evacuating that on short — or long — notice.

“Many scholars have already argued that any evacuation plans shouldn’t be called plans, but rather ‘fantasy documents,’ ” Daniel P. Aldrich, a professor of political science at Purdue University and the author of “Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West,” said in an e-mail. They are often bureaucratic documents meant to meet policy requirements, not to work in the real world, he added.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldrich actually wrote a book about this topic of nuclear power plants (in Japan and elsewhere) (see and he said that developers chose these locations because they were weak in civil society.

9:56 AM  

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