Panel tries to ease concerns of residents near nuke plant

Shearon Harris nuclear plant near Raleigh, N.C.

April 14, 2011 3:03:53 PM PDT
People living near the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant want to know if the facility is safe and voice their concerns.

Residents have received e-mails and have access to information detailing the result of every incident at the plant in the past year.

Thursday night the public can take their concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Progress Energy officials at a public meeting. The NRC and Progress energy are meeting to review evaluations of Shearon Harris.

According to the NRC, the plant had very low safety issues, which may explain why more people are willing to move near the plant.

According to U.S. Census data analyzed by Longcreative, the number of people living within the 10-mile emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants rose by 17 percent in the past decade. Among the 100 most populous cities on the map, 26 of them have a nuclear plant within 50 miles.

Raleigh and Durham are among those cities with more people trading in their nuclear fear for a place to call home.

The map shows more than 2.5 million people live within in 50 miles of Shearon Harris and more than 9,000 are within five miles.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Shearon Harris.

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