Is it safe to live and surf near nuclear power plants? Does radioactivity accelerate the development of cancer and leukemia? Do waves become a source of diseases?
If an accident takes place, gases are leaked; water gets contaminated and highly radioactive. In recent times, we've learned it with the Fukushima nuclear power station. Everything around was shut down forever. The surf, the town, the environment.
Only very small amounts of natural radioactivity can be considered harmful and safe. Everything else represents a risk. The breast tissue and the thyroid are extremely sensitive to ionizing radiation.
Over 60 worldwide studies have revealed that people living near nuclear power plants are more likely to develop cancer than the national averages.
The world has 438 nuclear power units installed in 31 countries. But what are the most popular surf spots located near radioactive reactors?
Morro Bay and Pismo Beach, California The Diablo Canyon Power Plant is the only nuclear power plant still operational in California. It has a total net capacity of 2,240 MW.
Matagorda, Texas The South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station was the first nuclear station to be built in the state. It has a total net capacity of 2,560 MW.
Beer Can Island and Stuart Beach, Florida The Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station was built to resist winds of up to 235 miles per hour. It has a total net capacity of 1,386 MW.
Hutchinson Island, Florida The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant uses nearby ocean water for coolant of the secondary system. It has a total net capacity of 1,678 MW.
Kure Beach, North Carolina The Brunswick Nuclear Plant cools water collected from the Cape Fear River and discharges into the Atlantic Ocean. It has a total net capacity of 1,858 MW.
Virginia Beach, Virginia The Surry Power Station had the worst fatal accident in the history of nuclear energy in the USA. It has a total net capacity of 1,638 MW.
Montauk, New York The Millstone Power Station is the only nuclear power generation site in Connecticut. It has a total net capacity of 2,102 MW.
Seabrook Beach, New Hampshire The Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant is known for its age-related issues. It has a total net capacity of 1,247 MW.
Praia Brava, Angra dos Reis, Brazil The Angra Nuclear Power Plant is Brazil's sole nuclear power plant. It has a total net capacity of 1,889 MW.
Gravelines, France The Gravelines Nuclear Power Station is the sixth largest nuclear power station in the world, the second largest in Europe. It has a total net capacity of 5,460 MW.
Veules-Les-Roses, France The Paluel Nuclear Power Plant has had problems with the blockage of cooling water from the English Channel. It has a total net capacity of 5,320 MW.
Flamanville, France The Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant is haunted by the risk of flooding. It has a total net capacity of 2,660 MW.
Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom The Hinkley Point B Nuclear Power Station is the only one of four nuclear power stations in the area that is still operational. It has a total net capacity of 1250 MW.
Cemlyn Bay, United Kingdom The Wylfa Nuclear Power Station is the world's oldest operating nuclear center by date of construction. It has a total net capacity of 980 MW.
Thorntonloch, United Kingdom The Torness Nuclear Power Station was the last of the United Kingdom’s second generation nuclear power plants to be commissioned. It has a total net capacity of 1,205 MW.
Hartlepool, United Kingdom The Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station was the first of its kind to be built as close to a major urban area. It has a total net capacity of 1,190 MW.
Walberswick, United Kingdom The Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station is the UK's only commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR) power station, with a single reactor. It has a total net capacity of 1,188 MW.
Camber Sands, United Kingdom The Dungeness Nuclear Power Station is built on the largest area of open shingle in Europe. It has a total net capacity of 1,040 MW.