Protect Americans from radioactive pollutants by releasing visible dye-markers with emergency radioactive plume releases, issuing public health alerts for routine and accidental radiation releases, and providing real-time radiation monitoring online – covering the 50 mile radius danger zones around commercial U.S. nuclear plants where one in three Americans live.
Why is this important?
Radiation is odorless and invisible, undetectable by human senses. Sadly, Fukushima school children were sent into the path of a radioactive plume, rather than away from it; and it took a Texas school explosion killing nearly 300 students before the law required odors in gas. We want to ensure a plume can be spotted before an emergency occurs. Like odor-markers for natural gas, we ask that visible dyes be dispersed with emergency radiation releases, providing immediate, direct warning about where radioactive plumes are traveling – a critical life-saver for first-responders and the public.
We also request that Public Health Alerts be posted when known radioactive carcinogens and mutagens are released into our biosphere. We have weather alerts, smog alerts, and even pollen alerts, why not radiation alerts? Unfortunately, it has been “out of sight, out of mind.” People deserve to know when they are being exposed to these highly toxic elements, not a year later, but when they are actually exposed – so they can protect themselves.
Currently neither EPA nor NRC require comprehensive, radiological monitoring and real-time online reporting of on-site releases. The NRC relies on the nuclear plant operators to self-report radioactive releases based on quarterly averages – only once a year. Simply the fox watching the hen house.