How to Stop a Nuclear Disaster
The National Weather Service has predicted a major nuclear power outage over the next few days, citing an increased risk of a nuclear accident in the U.S. and the possibility of a radiological release at the plant.NWS director of public affairs Mike Phelan said Wednesday that “there is a high probability of a large radiological event” and that the outage could last for several days.
Phelan cautioned that the U,S.
has seen a number of radiological releases in recent years and that nuclear plants do have the capability to respond.
“We’re seeing this, and that is part of the concern,” Phelans warning.
The United States is currently working on a new Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposal that would allow the agency to use more advanced technology to protect the nation from radiological incidents.
The National Weather Services, which has been predicting a significant nuclear power failure for more than 20 years, issued a similar warning for more recent weeks.
In May, the agency warned of a “significant radiological risk” in the area of the Columbia River.
It warned that an “imminent radiological threat” from the plant’s power system was possible, but that “the risk is minimal” and “there are no immediate threats to the public health.”
Last week, the NWS issued a new alert for the region, warning that “an immediate threat to the region from a radionuclide release could occur at the Columbia Power Plant and could result in significant health impacts to the affected area.”
“We continue to believe that this incident will be minimized,” Phellan said.
“As we continue to monitor this situation, we will continue to provide updates to the media and our partners and to the general public.”
The NWS has previously warned of radioactive releases from the Columbia Nuclear Generating Station in North Dakota.