MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE
There are smog alerts and pollen alerts,
but no health alerts for this public health hazard
routinely released into our environment
– ionizing radioactive pollution.
Our group of concerned citizens
monitors radiation in the Tennessee Valley,
and has recorded levels from 2 to 40 times background
near and downwind of Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant.
We think this ionizing radiation
may be affecting the health
of Tennessee Valley residents.
While we cannot say valley health issues
are caused by routine radioactive releases,
we do call for more research, since
we know radiation levels are high downwind,
and the overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies
show increased rates of cancer
in areas near nuclear plants.
Our report focused on
counties surrounding Browns Ferry,
where death rates have risen
from 2% to over 20% above U.S. rates
since Browns Ferry reactors started up in the 1970s.
Infant mortality is 21% above the national rate,
and even higher for Hispanics (40%) and Whites (32%).
(View or download report PDF in right column.)
We think more studies need to be done,
and real-time radiation monitoring
and public health alerts are needed.
Pregnant women and mothers
deserve posted radiation alerts
to protect their children
on days when there are scheduled routine
(and accidental) radioactive releases.
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Prevent Radioactive Poisoning
The above map is the NOAA track
of April 2011 tornados
superimposed on a map of the
50 mile danger zones around
TVA nuclear reactors and cooling pools.
A Category EF-5 Tornado
twisted and tore down
a whole row of power towers
about 1000 yards
from over 200,000,000 curies
of highly radioactive fuel
stored in raised cooling pools
with only sheet metal roofs
as overhead containment.
Nearly one million people live
within 50 miles of the Browns Ferry Plant,
and over one million people live within 50 miles
of each of the Sequoyah and Watts Bar
Nuclear Plants – all three on the Tennessee River.
This is an unacceptable risk, since
there is no safe dose of radiation
and radiation poisoning is cumulative.
Why risk the health of our valley
and our children's health?
Nuclear power plants
release radioactive poisons
into our air and water
during routine operations.
Multiple international studies
show significant rises
in cancer rates
near nuclear power plants
especially in childhood cancers.
Nuclear power plants produce
large amounts of extremely poisonous
and store most of it
in spent fuel cooling pools,
which hold far more radiation
than the reactor cores
but have far less containment security
and require constant water and electricity
(witness the explosions at Fukushima).
Some of these poisons remain radioactive for thousands of years,
forcing future generations to pay for storing
and containing them – if they can afford it.
Our utility companies should put
our health and safety first.
Over 100 million Americans
live in danger of nuclear exposure.
As taxpayers and as rate-payers,
we are paying high prices
for a dangerous source of electricity
– nuclear power.
Just one accident or terrorist attack
means a financial meltdown
for your nuclear utility company.
Nuclear power is too risky for Wall Street,
but Congress invests – with our money,
backing loans 100% to build them,
the Government Accounting Office (GAO)
predicts a 50% default rate.*
We back the LOANS as TAXPAYERS,
and we PAY the loans as RATE-PAYERS.
Cost for a one reactor plant –
$5 to 12 Billion dollars,
not counting the cost of managing
its highly radioactive nuclear wastes,
"a bill that keeps coming for centuries".
*See our Money $inkhole page.
Wind, and Solar Power
create more jobs, cost less,
come online more quickly,
and do not threaten the health of our valley.
Money spent on Energy Efficiency and Renewables
betters money spent on coal or new nuclear –
without the coal ash ponds, air pollutants,
radioactive emissions, or radioactive waste.
Energy Efficiency programs mean
local construction jobs now,
with no special training or high security clearances.
In the South in the next decade,
according to a Duke University and Georgia Tech study,
Energy Efficiency programs can:
"lower utility bills by $41 billion,
create 380,000 new jobs,
reduce the need for new power plants,
and save 8.6 billion gallons of fresh water."
America does not need more
dangerous and expensive nuclear waste
from more nuclear power plants.
Our utility companies can create more
permanent local jobs, more quickly,
with Energy Efficiency Programs
and can lead us into the future
with Smart Renewable Energy.
*Read our CLEAN ENERGY page.
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Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team
Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation
Because It Matters
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