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 Safe distance from a Nuclear Power Plant 
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What is a safe distance from a Nuclear Power Plant.
Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, South Carolina
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Vogtle was 5,845, a decrease of 16.3 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 726,640, an increase of 8.8 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Augusta (26 miles to city center).

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Vogtle was 1 in 140,845, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.


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Thu May 16, 2013 8:20 am
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I would consider this a guideline, but I wouldn't call it safe.

For example, we know in Fukushima that the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan was off the coast about 100 miles and look at the fallout they received. Many of the crew are very sick even today with long lasting effects of it.

This link uses those same NRC guidelines you mentioned above, but it maps it out for you easy:

http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/nuclear_power_plants_locations/

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