ACE Video Blog 1 on Limerick Nuclear Plant’s Flawed and Inadequate Emergency and Evacuation Plans


 ACE Report Blog Series

Alliance For A Clean Environment

Minimizing Chaos and Reducing Radiation Exposure By Improving Limerick

Nuclear Plant’s Fatally Flawed And Inadequate Emergency and Evacuation Plans.


Part #1    January 2013

In 2012, NRC Pared Down Emergency and Evacuation Plans

Problem:  After Documented Evidence Of Widespread Radiation Harms From Fukushima, In 2012, NRC Negligently Pared Down Emergency and Evacuation Plans For Limerick and Other Nuclear Plants.

Widespread Radiation Contamination Far Beyond The Evacuation Zone And Devastating Consequences In Japan Make It Clear That Limerick’s Current Evacuation Zone Must Be Expanded and Emergency Plans Must Be Improved, NOT Pared Down.

During Fukushima 2011 meltdowns, NRC called for a 50-mile evacuation zone for U.S. citizens in Japan.  ACE immediately urged NRC to expand Limerick Nuclear Plant’s evacuation zone from 10 miles to 50 miles to better protect people living in our region.

NRC overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, however NRC pared down emergency rules and evacuation plans, further jeopardizing the public and baffling many emergency responders and citizens across the nation.

Instead Of Attempting To Minimize Chaos And Reduce Radiation Exposure Through Better Emergency Planning and Drills For A Radioactive Accident / Meltdown:

1)       NRC Deceived The Public

2)       NRC Denied Radiation Risks and Harms

3)       NRC Weakened Emergency Rules

4)       NRC Failed To Expand Emergency Zones

NRC’s New Rules Make No Sense.  Despite Devastating Lessons After Chernobyl and Fukushima: 

1)       NRC Requires FEWER Exercises for Major Radiation Accidents

2)       NRC Recommends FEWER People Evacuate Right Away

3)       NRC Allows Emergency Drills To Be Run Without Practicing for Radiation Releases

Many responders view NRC’s new rules as downright bizarre.

NRC Attempted To Hide New Pared Down Emergency Plans and Drills  From The Public. 

1)       NRC Announced Revisions December 23, 2011, at the Peak of the Holiday Season.

2)       NRC and FEMA 12/11 and 1/12 Web Archives show NO news releases on evacuation plan changes, so most people were unaware safeguards have been minimized and eliminated.

3)       May 2012, the public had the first full disclosure on NRC’s Pared Down Emergency Rules, through an Associated Press Investigative Report by Jeff Donn, titled, Evacuation Plans, Emergency Drills Pared Down Near Nuke Plants”  (In Mercury 5/20/12 –

NRC went to extraordinary lengths to deceive the public about radiation exposure revealing just how little NRC cares about people like us who live in the region of a nuclear power plant.   News Articles Also Reveal That NRC:

1)       Failed to Pursue Emergency Planning Related to Decision-Making, Radiation Monitoring, and Public Education.

2)       Failed to Address Prolonged Station Blackout Conditions.

3)       Failed to Address A Multi-Unit Event, Such As Simultaneous Meltdowns In Limerick’s Two Reactors and Two Fuel Pools.

4)       Preparedness Focus Should Have Shifted To Dealing With Meltdowns Along With Natural and Severe Weather Events, Such As Earthquakes.


Why Did NRC Make New Emergency / Evacuation Rules Less Protective?

ü  NRC is valuing Exelon’s profits over public health and safety.   

From The Beginning, (In 1980), PECO, Limerick’s Original Owner, Attempted To Avoid Costs Associated With Evacuation Plans For Limerick Nuclear Plant

1980 Mercury News Article Reported – May 28, 1980


 NRC has long been aware original evacuation plans were deficient. 

August 3, 1983, GAO said, Nuclear Evacuation Plans Are Deficient” 

 Collusion in Japan reveals that  values which place money before life and health can lead to unnecessary and devastating consequences.  

ü  A 7-12 independent report said the Fukushima disaster was man-made and caused largely as a result of collusive efforts by the government, regulators and TEPCO to avoid developing and implementing basic safety requirements.

ü  It said failure to implement adequate measures to protect against nuclear accidents and poor planning by governments led to confusion over evacuation.  

For more evidence of NRC’s Negligent Decisions, see list of news articles on NRC.

New Pared-Down NRC Nuclear Rules For Evacuation Are Neither Protective Nor Acceptable.  We Must Work to Change Them BEFORE Meltdowns Happens At Limerick Nuclear Plant. 

  1. To Reduce Radiation Exposure, Fukushima Shows Us Immediate Notification Is Imperative, Limerick’s Evacuation Zone Should Be Expanded From 10 to 50 Miles, and the Ingestion Pathway Zone Expanded From 50 to 100 Miles. 
  2. ACE Is Starting A Campaign For Citizens and Elected Officials To Join Forces Now To Demand Better Protection For Millions In The Greater Philadelphia Region.   An ACE You-Tube and Blog Series Will Summarize Issues and Actions Needed.





Look For ACE Report Video-Blog Series Starting in 2013

Starting in January 2013, ACE will begin a Video-Blog Series addressing the need to improve and update Limerick Nuclear Plant’s outdated, flawed, and inadequate emergency and evacuation plans. Each 15 minute video will be uploaded to YouTube, and also be included with an accompanying Blog Post with detailed information on our website. An overview of the series follows.

Minimizing Chaos and Reducing Radiation Exposure By Improving Limerick Nuclear Plant’s Fatally Flawed And Inadequate Emergency and Evacuation Plans.

This ACE Report Video and Blog Series Should Serve As A Wake-Up Call To Millions In The Greater Philadelphia Region Related To Limerick Nuclear Plant’s Negligent Emergency and Evacuation Planning.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Limerick Nuclear Plant’s regulator, is required to protect our health and safety, but a body of evidence shows that NRC is instead protecting the financial bottom line of Exelon. NRC’s deceitful claims and actions demonstrate that NRC is failing to fulfill their required duties to protect us.

NRC’s historical and current failures and corruption in policies and decision making are compromising and further jeopardizing millions of people whose lives could be harmed or ruined permanently as the result of a Limerick Nuclear Plant Radioactive Accident and/or Meltdown.

This series of ACE Report Videos and Blogs will identify problems and flaws with Limerick’s Emergency and Evacuation plans. It will reveal why we and our elected officials must demand a system for immediate independent public notification of a Limerick accidental radioactive release, and demand updated and improved planning for expanded evacuation and ingestion pathway zones.

The Alliance For A Clean Environment
January to March – 2013

Video / Blog Part 1
In 2012, NRC Pared Down Emergency and Evacuation Plans, Even After Fukushima

Video / Blog Part 2
Calls For Immediate Notification And Expanded Evacuation and Ingestion Pathway Zones

Video / Blog Part 3
The Truth and Consequences of Radiation Exposure From Nuclear Plant Accidents / Meltdowns

Video / Blog Part 4
What Really Happened After Fukushima, Chernobyl, and TMI Meltdowns

Video / Blog Part 5
Financial Injustice To The Public From A Radiation Accident / Meltdown

Video / Blog Parts 6 and 7
Fatal Flaws In Emergency – Evacuation Plans for Limerick Nuclear Power Plant

Video / Blog Part 8
Regional Campaign To Improve Limerick Nuclear Plant’s Evacuation Plan, Including Immediate Public Notification and Expanded Evacuation And Ingestion Pathway Zones