Nuclear Power Plant Accidents
Nuclear power plants have safety and security procedures in place and are closely monitored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). An accident at a nuclear power plant could release dangerous levels of radiation over an area (sometimes called a plume).
Radioactive materials can also get inside the body if people breathe it in, or eat or drink something that is contaminated.
People living close to the nuclear power plant who are exposed to radiation could experience long-term health effects such as cancer.