Nuclear Contamination Exposure: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:32 by admin
The "nuclear age" began in earnest with the use of atomic weapons at the end of World War II. At that time the use of nuclear weaponry was well on its way, however peacetime applications of nuclear power would take somewhat longer. In 1946 Congress created the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), predecessor of today's Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The 1954 Atomic Energy Act directed the AEC to encourage the private sector to harness nuclear power as a source of energy.

It was not until the early 1960s that the public focused attention on the health hazards surrounding nuclear power. Hazardous fallout from the testing of nuclear bombs by the United States and the U.S.S.R. helped to raise concern and public awareness. Residents began to wonder about the consequences of nuclear exposure. In the 1970s the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) replaced the AEC. The NRC faced its first major challenge with the infamous accident at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979. After the Three Mile Island disaster the use of nuclear power was never the same.

Today, nuclear power continues to provide energy to the world. Unfortunately, safely harnessing that power and subsequently disposing of its hazardous radioactive by-products also continue to present significant challenges.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of radioactive exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Cancer
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