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Embrace of nuclear power ignores its downside: Dangers and disruptive shutdowns via Boston Globe


I doubt the 80,000 displaced residents of Fukushima Prefecture or the former inhabitants of Chernobyl’s thousand-square-mile Exclusion Zone would sit easily with the Globe’s notion that nuclear plants are a source of “clean power.” Nor would New Englanders who worry about the 800,000 gallons of radioactive groundwater that have recently been trucked away from the shuttered Vermont Yankee plant. Or the neighbors of the Pilgrim reactor in Plymouth, who have endured nearly a half-century of harrowing mishaps and years of disruptive shutdowns at that misbegotten plant.

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