Prof. William Banks in ProPublica Article: Local vs. Federal Authority in Nuclear Disasters

If the United States faced a nuclear disaster, local governments would automatically take charge, followed by federal authorities if the crisis grew too big for local responders to handle. But this system has a flaw: The nation’s emergency plans [1] don’t spell out when or how the transfer of authority would be handled, even though small delays could put thousands of lives at risk.

Read the complete article here:  http://www.propublica.org/article/u.s.-nuclear-disaster-preparedness-hobbled-by-uncertain-chain-of-command

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