Nuclear Commission Reports Small Risk of Plant Accidents

Human beings are less likely to die from nuclear-plant radiation than in car accidents, a Harvard professor who is a member of the Massachusetts Nuclear Safety Commission said yesterday.

Howard W. Emmons, McKay Professor of Engineering, helped draw up a report on safety measures in Massachusetts's two nuclear plants, released this week by the commission.

The report states that the safety precautions at the plants--in Plymouth and Rowe--are "adequate" but recommends further measures for guarding radioactive shipment and evacuating employees in case of emergency.

Emmons said there will never be any accidents involving nuclear radiation as long as nuclear-energy-producing plants keep a "continual vigilance on all safety measures."

"There have only been potential accidents and no disasters up until now because the companies have watched all dangers," he said.

Richard R. Monson, professor of 6