Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Environmental Justice & Nuclear Power

AAEA President Norris McDonald at the North Anna nuclear power plant 90 miles south of Washington, DC

Environmental justice is the equal treatment of all people with respect to environmental issues. Approximately 150 million people in the U.S. breathe polluted air during smog season. Global warming is altering our climate and brewing a more toxic smog. Minority communities, in addition to being exposed to dirty air, are also burdened with a disproportionately large number of pollution facilites. Fortunately, nuclear power plants do not emit carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. These plants also do not emit smog forming gases. A strong argument could be made that, from an air pollution and global warming perspective, nuclear power plants provide technological environmental justice.

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