At around 34 miles from River Bend Nuclear Power Station, LSU is well within the 50 mile fallout zone designated by the US government for a nuclear disaster, as seen on the map further below. Exactly where radioactive materials fall in a nuclear disaster depends upon things such as wind direction and rain. LSU has over 30,000 students and over 16,000 faculty and staff. The smaller Southern University is even closer to River Bend. River Bend and other nuclear power stations are legally allowed to discharge radioactive materials into the environment on an ongoing basis, as well. Some of these continue to accumulate in the environment.
As of 2013, “The total economic impact of local LSU institutions on the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area, or MSA, is $2.1 billion in sales, $764 million in earnings and more than 21,400 jobs.” http://www.lsu.edu/budget/docs/2013-LSU-System-Impact-Study-Report.pdf This appears to exclude LSU athletics which…
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