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NH nuclear power plant explosion likely to impact these MA cities

There are no operating nuclear power plants in Massachusetts; however, there is one just across the border in New Hampshire.

Six municipalities in Massachusetts would be affected if an emergency were to arise at the nuclear power plant in Seabrook, NH. The factory is located 40 miles north of Boston, MA.

Areas within fifteen kilometers where a nuclear power plant is located are taken into account in the directive emergency planning zone.

Nuclear power plants are a source of super clean energy; power stations do not take up much space compared to the large amount of energy they generate, and there is minimal waste. However, they are very expensive to build, the risk of an accident is always present when humans are in control. The impact of another Chernobyl-like event would be catastrophic. Mining uranium can be risky in terms of radioactive leakage into water sources.

  • Amesbury
  • Merrimack
  • Newbury
  • West Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • Salisbury

“New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been notified by the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station that an accidental siren activation occurred at the plant earlier today, July 12, 2022. There is no emergency at the plant and There is no danger to the public.”

This apparently shocked the beachgoers that day.

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Unusual event: This means that a small problem has occurred at the factory. This could include situations such as dangerous weather or a minor problem with the equipment. Officials would be notified, but no warning signals would have to be sounded. People in the area do not need to take any special actions.

Warning: This may affect the safety of the factory, but is not expected to require any special actions from local residents. Officials would be notified. Officials are said to be monitoring the situation and ready to take action if the situation worsens. As a precaution, government officials may mobilize transportation resources, transfer schoolchildren to host facilities outside the area, and clear national forests and waterways. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other early warning systems.

On-site emergency: This means that a more serious problem has occurred that is affecting the plant and plant boundaries. Any release of radioactive material would be below federal limits. As a precaution, state officials may move schoolchildren to out-of-area shelters if they have not already done so. If necessary, government officials should take other precautions. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other early warning systems.

General emergency: This is the most serious type of emergency. It can cause serious damage to the plant and the release of radioactive material. State officials may direct individuals in some areas to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer location. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other early warning systems. -massa.gov

There was once a nuclear power plant in Massachusetts. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA stopped generating power in May 2019.

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