Things in Japan haven’t gotten any better. Yesterday’s explosion at unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant heightened our fears about widespread radiation emanating from the site.
Despite the dangers of these reactors overseas, nobody has yet put the brakes on reactor plans in the U.S. (Perhaps that’s because the nuclear industry donates heavily to political campaigns, both to Democrats and Republicans.) It’s like we’re asking for trouble.
To make matters even worse, in nine states that have nuclear power plants (comprising nearly a third of states with nuclear plants), residents living near the reactors don’t have the protection of federally-supplied potassium iodide pills for treatment in the event of a radiation crisis like that in Japan.