BOSTON (WWLP) - Massachusetts is within close proximity to three nuclear power plants. 22News explains why some people are calling on the state to expand its emergency planning in case of a nuclear meltdown.
State lawmakers are looking at what lessons Massachusetts can learn from the Fukushima Power Plant disaster in Japan.
Massachusetts requires emergency plans to be in place for cities and town within a ten mile radius of a nuclear power plant. Legislation has been propped that expands that area to twenty miles.
It would require the state to put in place shelters, evacuation plans and to stockpile thyroid cancer-blocking medicines. Another measure would mandate real time computer monitors to be installed that detect how much radiation is in the air.
Mary Lampert, Director at Pilgrim Watch, told 22News, “The U.S. Government told American citizens within 50 miles of Fukushima to evacuate, so we certainly deserve the same.”
A legislative hearing was held for the bill in July.
In western Massachusetts, the legislation would impact cities and towns in Franklin County that sit within 20 miles of the Vermont Yankee Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont.