Could There Be a Terrorist Fukushima?

Obviously we don’t want this to happen but claims of deaths from cancer are overblown.

From the NYTimes:

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But there were probably less than 1,000 “excess” cancer deaths (out of 120,000 survivors) from the atomic bombings in 1945. It’s doubtful that a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility could come close to that sort of event.

From the 2006 NRC report on the atomic bomb survivors, “Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation“:

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2 thoughts on “Could There Be a Terrorist Fukushima?”

  1. FEAR of nuclear radiation altered the course of world history after WWII because Aston warned in the last paragraph of his 1922 Noble Lecture that nuclear energy might be uncontrollable, ignite hydrogen and neighboring elements, and convert Earth to a star.

  2. What is important to the terrorists is that it would terrify millions of Americans for a LOOOONG time.
    What’s more, they don’t even have to attack a nuclear power plant. They could simply attack any facility that has been generating radioactive waste or using radioactive materials – universities, hospitals, high-tech medical clinics.
    Since the EPA and the Congress have been unable to provide a safe storage facility for radioactive waste (including low-level waste such as contaminated clothing and cloves generated as a by-product of handling radioactive materials) – such as Yucca Mountain – the waste remains stored ‘temporarily’ above ground in thousands of diverse and scattered facilities that simply cannot be properly secured against terrorists.

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