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                       By Dr C.T. Rombough                (10/15/1989)
                       (Freeman 76017ROMB)

                                   5619 Misty Crest Drive
                                   Arlington, Texas 76017
                                   Ph. 817 - 483-5110


Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
                                        August 29, 1989
To the Editor:

     Mr. Loran attacks nuclear power with arguments that have
been refuted by the record of the last twenty years.  Here are
the facts.
     Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest form of energy we
have ever had.  Not a single person has died or even been injured
by commercial nuclear power in the United States.  While
thousands die yearly from dam failures, natural gas explosions,
oil fires, coal mining accidents, and air pollution, we are still
"studying" the TMI accident, which resulted in no injury to
anybody.  The Chernobyl accident in the Soviet Union caused the
unfortunate deaths of 31 firefighters and a theoretical but
insignificant increase in the probability of cancer in the
region.  Even if this hypothetical risk were true, more people
will have died from other sources of energy in the three months
following than will ever die in the next 70 years as a result of
the Chernobyl accident.  Conventional power plants solve their
waste problem by simply dumping their toxic gases directly into
the atmosphere and people's lungs.  Every time we build a coal
plant instead of a nuclear plant, we are condemning 1,000 people
to a premature death from the increased air pollution.  If
radiation is a concern, then all coal plants should be closed
down because they emit many times more uranium dust and radiation
into the environment than nuclear plants.
     The tragedy of Shoreham and Seabrook is not the economic
loss.  The tragedy is that hundreds of people have died as a
direct result of producing the same electricity from other, more
dangerous, sources.  Nuclear power harms nobody but is obstructed
for fictitious, unrealistic, and imaginary dangers.  Until the
real dangers posed by conventional power plants have been
overcome, they should be rejected in favor of the only practical
energy source that has proven to be environmentally clean and
safe - and that is nuclear power.

                                   Sincerely,

                                   Dr. Charles T. Rombough


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Letters to the Editor
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
P.O. Box 1870
Fort Worth, TX 76101
                                             September 15, 1989


To the Editor:

     A wise man once remarked that the First Amendment does not
give someone the right to shout "Fire" in a crowded theatre. 
Tragically, this is what the anti-nuclear activists have done
with regard to nuclear energy and radiation.  The "Fire" is the
supposed unacceptable dangers of nuclear power plants and radio-
active materials.  The "crowded theatre" is the general public. 
The "panic" is the irrational fear of radiation created by the
activists' mis-statements.  The damage that results from these
mis-statements is the promotion and development of less safe
alternatives for producing electricity.  Further damage results
from the unwillingness of people to obtain harmless diagnostic
X-rays that can save their life or to seek radiation therapy to
cure a variety of diseases.  The proven record of the last twenty
years has refuted the activists' claim that nuclear energy and
radiation are terribly dangerous.
     Not a single person has died or even been injured by commer-
cial nuclear power in the United States.  While thousands of
innocent people die yearly from dam failures, natural gas explo-
sions, oil fires, and air pollution, we are still "studying" the
TMI accident, which harmed nobody.  The Chernobyl accident in the
Soviet Union caused the unfortunate deaths of 31 firefighters and
a theoretical but insignificant increase in the probability of
cancer in the region.  However, based on medical observations
that increased radiation exposure can have a beneficial effect
(hormesis), it is equally likely that people in the region will
be healthier as a result of the accident.  Conventional power
plants solve their waste problem by simply dumping their toxic
gases directly into the atmosphere and people's lungs.  Every
time we build a coal plant instead of a nuclear plant, we are
condemning 1000 people to a premature death from the air pollu-
tion.
     These facts are well known by most doctors, scientists and
engineers but they are rarely, if ever, printed in the newspaper
or heard on television.  Besides the human tragedy, the fear of
radiation also costs money.  Nuclear power harms nobody but is
subjected to an irrational and expensive standard of regulation
that is based on fictitious, unrealistic, and imaginary dangers. 
At the same time, we ignore the real dangers posed by conven-
tional power plants.  The activists are shouting "Fire" in the
theatre while the city burns down.

                                   Sincerely,

                                   Dr. Charles T. Rombough

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