Third-Party Experts

San Luis Obispo County Health Agency’s Emergency Preparedness Program Manager Michelle Shoresman

San Luis Obispo County Health Agency’s Emergency Preparedness Program Manager Michelle Shoresman

In their daily routines, a firefighter and a nurse are unlikely to sit side by side and develop an emergency response plan. Yet this collaboration is essential to emergency preparedness and is an example of the unlikely synergies that keep Michelle Shoresman motivated in her role as emergency preparedness program manager at the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency on California’s Central Coast. Shoresman works with a wide array of partners to synchronize emergency response plans and ensure that the health of those in her community is protected at all times. One of the primary partners in safety is the local nuclear energy facility, PG&E’s Diablo Canyon.
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Elected Officials

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Presidential Candidate
“We’re going to take full advantage of our oil, our coal, our natural gas, our nuclear, our renewables…  I know you’re particularly aware of nuclear as well and recognize America must have a reliable source of domestically produced uranium, enriched uranium. We need to make sure that Piketon has the most modern technology so that we can provide that source of security for our great country.”

“Romney highlights energy in southern Ohio”
October 13, 2012

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Many opinion leaders have voiced their support for nuclear energy over the past year. Below is a sampling of their statements.

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Elected Officials
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

“Enacting a CES [Clean Energy Standard] will create the jobs this country needs and reduce pollution by advancing down a path of renewables, natural gas generation, nuclear technology and carbon capture. It reflects the principles of the do it all, do it right, energy policy I’ve been advocating for.”
http://bingaman.senate.gov/news/20120301-02.cfm
March 1, 2012
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Dr. Robert J. Emery

Dr. Robert J. Emery

A new study released on December 19 by Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, claims that 14,000 U.S. deaths can be tied to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident. Dr. Robert Emery, vice president for safety, health, environment and risk management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, disputes the claims in the study:

“We aggressively monitored for the presence of environmental radioactivity in Houston following the Fukushima event and worked closely with local public health authorities in the event we detected any threat to public health. We never detected any elevated radiation levels. I don’t see any evidence to support the assertions made by this report that the additional 484 deaths in Houston in 2011 could in any way be related to radioactivity from Fukushima – we never detected any.

“Moreover the study bases its conclusion on the comparison of data from deaths in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011. Using this method you really can’t determine the specific cause of any increase in deaths over the two years. Perhaps the most important question is: what did the 148,395 U.S. citizens die of in 2010, the year before the Japanese earthquake? Most likely the overwhelming causes were heart disease, cancer, and stroke. I believe this is likely the case in 2011 as well. I also believe our finite public health resources are better spent on the issues we know are causing people to die rather than being diverted to explore hypothetical projections.”
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