Comanche Peak Vulnerable Because of … Hurricanes?

With anti-nuclear hysteria kicking in right on schedule–“numerous” Texans are said to be asking Walgreen’s for anti-radiation pills–The Daily Beast is out with a ranking of the vulnerability of all 65 U.S. nuclear plants, including the one at Comanche Peak. Among the factors used to place the Glen Rose facility at No. 35 in the rankings is this criterion: “Expected number of hurricanes in the next century: 20-40.”

Which might come as a surprise to residents of the area south of Fort Worth, where hurricanes are about as commonplace as icebergs in the Gulf. “I’m 46, and we’ve never had a hurricane in Glen Rose,” says city superintendant Ronald Bruce, who grew up there. Bruce said his parents, who grew up in Glen Rose as well, don’t remember any hurricanes in that part of Texas, either.

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