“For more than 30 years, community readiness has been based on the belief that evacuation planning isn’t needed beyond 10 miles from nuclear sites. But the Government Accountability Office report found that regulators have never properly studied how many people beyond 10 miles would make their own decisions to take flight, prompting what is called a “shadow evacuation.”
As a result, the GAO report says, “evacuation time estimates may not accurately consider the impact of shadow evacuations.” The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency in charge of nuclear safety, disputed the findings.”
If a disaster were to occur at Vermont Yankee, where would people go? The current disaster plan has them going to local centers. What then?
- Alert to Congress: Nuclear evacuation may bog down (cnsnews.com)