“Revelations on nuclear plants sound warning” — Harvard study reveals large-scale radiation releases just outside major US city that lasted for decades — “Surely this could not have happened, but apparently it did” (VIDEO)
April 28th, 2012
Title: Radioactive: Revelations on nuclear plants sound a warning – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Date: April 27, 2012 5:44 am
Like a dark family secret long suspected but never confirmed, the shock of discovery is all the more lurid for coming into the light years later. [...]
Incredulity feeds the first reaction: Surely this could not have happened. But apparently it did, according to good authority.
That would be Joseph P. Ring, a Harvard University radiation safety officer who teaches at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts. [...]
The plants operated in Apollo and Parks Township from 1958 through 1984. Mr. Ring found “numerous large-scale releases of ionizing radiation into the neighboring environment” during the operating lives of the plants. The emissions added up to “the largest quantity … of any nuclear facility in the United States.”
[...] Worse yet, he cited internal documents that said the operators knew of the problems that began with faulty construction but never did enough to stop them.
[...] this newspaper has long supported [the nuclear industry] [...]