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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for Tens of Thousands of Rhode Islanders

The drinking water for tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people in Rhode Island could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center and Rhode Island PIRG Education Fund.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center, RIPIRG Education Fund

Too Close to Home

The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster delivered a reminder to the world that nuclear power comes with inherent risks. Among the risks demonstrated by the Fukushima crisis is the threat of water contamination, including contamination of drinking water supplies by radioactive material. In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant—inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

President Obama Expected to Stand Up to Big Oil on Keystone XL Pipeline

With President Obama and the State Department poised to reject an effort to force administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Environment Rhode Island's Channing Jones issues a statement of thanks and support.

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