Concerned Citizens Talk Nuclear Energy
COLUMBIA - Concerned mid-Missourians filled up an MU Campus auditorium Friday for a dialogue about the complex issue of nuclear energy during the radiation scare in Japan.
Lecture-goers said they had serious concerns about nuclear safety on U.S. shores. MU professor William Miller addressed radiation danger and questions about the research reactor on the MU campus and the Callaway County Nuclear Plant. Miller also discussed what happened in Japan after radiation entered the environment.
Miller said the U.S. has a serious advantage over Japan when it comes to placement of nuclear facilities.
"We assign our plants where the population is lower, the Japanese don't have that luxury, its a very crowded island," Miller said.
Miller also said in an emergency, radiation from the Callaway County plant would probably only effect people within a 10-mile radius. Miller said the Japanese plant has about a 12.5-mile radius of a danger zone, yet that area housed 80,000 people.
Miller said evactuation plans and emergency tests are run at U.S. plants at least every six months.