The nuclear plant next door: A Pennsylvania mom is staying put
Pennsylania mom Lindsey Schiller says she's not bothered by living next door to a nuclear plant.
March 27th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

The nuclear plant next door: A Pennsylvania mom is staying put

Health and safety concerns about Japanese nuclear power plants after this month's earthquake and tsunami have Lindsey Schiller wondering what could happen across the street from her own house in her Philadelphia suburb. Schiller, who is a registered nurse, has lived for nearly a decade with her husband and two children in the shadow of the Limerick Generating Station nuclear energy facility in Pottstown, about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Long before the Japanese disaster, Schiller's unique neighborhood landmark has been the source of family jokes. "We kid around when we get really big flowers ... we're under the power plant, and I kid around that I glow," laughed Schiller as she held her baby Adam in sight of the plant's giant twin cooling towers. FULL STORY

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  1. L64

    Lol herbert

    March 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Iowa

    Here are is an article with Iodine-131 concentrations in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

    http://bostonherald.com/blogs/news/city_desk_wired/?p=2878

    I have been trying to find more numbers, please post if you know reliable sources (I already know about RadNet). Radnet):

    March 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Iowa

    Here is a link from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) with toxicity information for Iodine-131:

    http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@na+@rel+iodine,+radioactive

    March 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Iowa

    Here is a quote from the Boston Herald article with noting Radnet and EPA measurements of Iodine-131 levels:

    From the article above "USEPA also reported this week that four RadNet sites on the West Coast (Riverside. CA; San Francisco, CA; Anaheim, CA; Seattle, WA) had levels of I-131 in ambient air ranging from 0.003 to 0.01 pCi/m3."

    Note 0.01 pC/m3 of radioactive Iodine-131 detected in ambient air.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Iowa

    To me the numbers below seem high.

    Consider 0.01 picocuries of radioactive Iodine-131 per meter of air - you breath a lot of air in a week and your lungs are filters.

    Plus, you get dosed from all sides, food, water, air. Esp milk because cows graze and concentrate it. Does anyone monitor milk? What are the numbers and rate of change?

    Also, I would like to know about particle size.

    And, if other particles, especially, Caesium-137 are being detected.

    This story will emerge...

    March 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iowa

    Small children and women who are pregnant are especially vulnerable to harm from Iodine-131.

    Some say there is not a safe level of exposure for this vulnerable category.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ElephentNutts

    @jazz i wont b rude 2 u or make some comeback unless ur in need of serviceing

    March 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Iowa

    Some actual news reporting about TMI (from the Washington Post):
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/tmi/stories/ch5.htm

    Some of the safety violations and other problems at TMI, from the Pennsylvania DEP:
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/three_mile_island_1979/13895/tmi_epstein/588400

    March 28, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Iowa

    At first I thought that this article was from The Onion.

    Headline should be:

    "When I look to important issues of nuclear safety - I trust the nurse down the block."

    March 28, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    You are exposed to less radiation living within 50 miles of a nuclear plant than you would be living the same distance from a coal plant. Now if the 5th worst earthquake in recorded times happens right next to the plant, game over. But with the likelihood of that happening in PA as low as it is, I think we can all rest easy.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    iowa= idiots out walking around

    March 28, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Lol, Ruffie!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. ole lady

    With all the talk about inhaling or consuming might as well roll a fatty or bake some brownies.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
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