Evacuation Zones for Nuclear Reactors

Physicians for Social Responsibility
June 2011

In the case of a nuclear reactor accident, what can be done?

Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor? One third of Americans do. Property contaminated by nuclear materials is not covered by insurance, so if your house is affected, you could be displaced permanently and lose everything. Use the tool below to find out if you are within an evacuation zone and are at risk. Also notice the number of people who would have to be evacuated if there was an accident at the plant closest to you. Do you really think that is possible? We don’t.

The 25th anniversary of Chernobyl and the continuing crisis at Fukushima — both Level 7 nuclear disasters — are clear reminders that standard evacuation zones cannot protect the public from a nuclear accident. Current NRC regulations stipulate a 10 mile evacuation zone around nuclear plants. This is clearly insufficient and 50 miles has been recommended.

To see visual representation of a 50 mile radius around nuclear plants in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angles and Washington, DC visit Physicians for Social Responsibility, http://www.psr.org/resources/evacuation-zone-nuclear-reactors.html

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