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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #41)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:37 AM

61. Releases ARE monitored

Each nuclear power plant has monitors on them.

Additionally, the area around the nuclear power plants have a whole grid of radiation detectors monitored by the NRC.

That was one of the things that proved problematical for the plaintiffs in the case against Metropolitan Edison, the operators of Three Mile Island.

The Plaintiffs contended that there were radiation releases above and beyond what was detected by the grid of radiation detectors surrounding Three Mile Island. They were forced to contend that Three Mile Island released a plume of radiation that weaved around the detectors in the grid surrounding Three Mile Island, and thus avoided detection.

Judge Sylvia Rambo agreed with the scientists that said that was incredible, unbelievable, and just plain did not happen. That's why Judge Rambo DISMISSED the lawsuit against Metropolitan Edison for lack of evidence.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/readings/tmi.html

As is clear from the preceding discussion, the discrepancies between Defendants, proffer of evidence and that put forth by Plaintiffs in both volume and complexity are vast. The paucity of proof alleged in support of Plaintiffs, case is manifest. The court has searched the record for any and all evidence which construed in a light most favorable to Plaintiffs creates a genuine issue of material fact warranting submission of their claims to a jury. This effort has been in vain.

Now if we are talking about radiation releases that are NOT monitored; then coal power plants release in excess of 100 times what nuclear power plants release and are not monitored in any way. Courtesy of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory:

Coal Combustion: Nuclear Resource or Danger

http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html

PamW

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