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2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in
32 years, heralding a “Nuclear Renaissance”. But that was before the
Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the
safety and viability of nuclear power.The Atomic States of America
journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a
comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear
power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.
the gates of Three Mile Island, to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL,
the film introduces people who have been on the front lines of this
issue for decades: community advocates, investigative journalists,
renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
inspectors, and former government leaders.
Based in part on Kelly
McMasters' book “Welcome to Shirley”, about growing up in the shadow of
the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the
evidence for serious health consequences documented by people living in
Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. Their concerns call
into question who can be trusted to provide truthful information, and
how much influence the nuclear industry has over the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission and its decisions.
As the nation stands at the crossroads of a possible Nuclear Renaissance, The Atomic States of America
inspires informed discussion on the safety, viability and future of nuclear power in the United States.