Letters To The Editor
Regarding the Nov. 26 article, "Salem N-plant OK with neighbors:"
Most local residents who support the Salem nuclear plant probably aren't fully considering the health risk, an issue far more important than jobs or property-tax relief.
A mechanical breakdown or terrorist attack at the Salem nuclear power plants would spell disaster. With nearly 5 million people living within 50 miles, many thousands would be stricken by radiation poisoning and cancer.
In addition, the Salem plants sometimes release radioactivity into the local air and water - and thus, human bodies. Nearly every local resident has a family member who has had cancer. Perhaps if they considered whether more jobs and lower taxes are worth the risk of their loved ones being harmed, there would be little support for nuclear power.
JOSEPH J. MANGANO
Joseph J. Mangano MPH MBA is Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, a research and education group based in New York.