Nation: How Much Is Too Much?

Almost as soon as the accident at Three Mile Island occurred, Radiation Physicist Ernest Sternglass was at the scene, Geiger counter in hand, crying disaster to anyone who would listen. He predicted an increase of 5% to 20% in the incidence of leukemia in children of the area within a year. A vehement foe of nuclear power, the University of Pittsburgh scientist exclaimed: "The reaction of the community should be to stand up and scream!"

Sternglass's warning was exaggerated. But no one—not even radiation experts—can say for sure that he is totally wrong. Despite...

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