1000 Times Too Large - Evacuation Assumption at Indian Point 1

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  1. Thank you Mr. Specter for this post and your analysis, and thank you Rod for hosting the post. It’s good to see a reasoned and rational plan for dealing with release of radioactive materials.

    Fukushima Daiichi was a tragedy for many reasons, but it’s good to know that the accidental experiment and the data collected has been put to good use in checking and validating the models and simulations used for planning. I’ve been reading about human psychology and development, and there are many cases of ‘unplanned experiments’ in wars and other abuses or tragedies that come to light. These circumstances would never get past a scientific ethics panel as planned experiments, but still contribute to knowledge. I hope our politicians learn to pay attention to the science.

    1. @Andrew Jaremko

      In the Nuclear Navy, we would call an “accidental experiment” an “inadvertent theory-to-practice exercise.” They have always been quite useful opportunities for learning and assumption validation, but not everyone understands how to take advantage of opportunity.

  2. Excellent article. The local NYC TV-Cable media will toss out my forwarding this to them as just another bumpkin, but if Specter would personally submit this to them as the author and authority, I’d be VERY interested in their response to this (and post them!!) as they extremely rarely have anything positive to report about Indian Point outside Cuomo’s struggle to shut it down. This is the kind of article whose gist could’ve made great long overdue IP advocacy TV ads here!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY


  3. Rod, I was going to comment on what a great article you wrote, but I see I must divert the kudos to Mr. Specter. Nice catch on your part.

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