U.S. Nuclear Industry: Japan Accident Won't Harm HealthWASHINGTON—The U.S. nuclear industry said Thursday it doesn't expect any health problems among Japanese people as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, credited what he described as the Japanese government's speedy response in evacuating a 20-kilometer zone around the stricken nuclear plant.
The 20-kilometer zone, about 12.5 miles, was set the day after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out power at the plant, causing reactors to overheat. The Japanese government later recommended that those within 30 kilometers of the plant evacuate, and it has extended the evacuation to several small zones outside the 30-kilometer perimeter based on its assessment of radiation exposure.
"They did an excellent job in the emergency response," Mr. Pietrangelo said at a Washington news conference. "That was very well-carried out."