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WORLDWIDE MARKET: Radiological Accident Risk

Inhabitants of Emergency Planning Zones: In recognition of the risk that nuclear power plants create, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has established "Emergency Planning Zones" (EPZ) around each of the nation's 103 nuclear reactors. One zone has a radius that extends out 10 miles around each reactor. This 10-mile zone is called the "plume exposure pathway" where the primary concern is exposure to and inhalation of airborne radioactive contamination and where a viable shelter-in-place solution would be eagerly welcomed. In the U.S., there are 629 cities with a population of over 4.9 million people in the 10-mile EPZs.1

Other cities around the world have also established 10-mile or 10-kilometer EPZs around their 303 reactors. The number of cities and the populations within those EPZs has not been calculated but would be considerably higher.2

In the U.S., the NRC has also established an EPZ around nuclear power plants that extends out 50 miles around each reactor. This zone is called the "ingestion pathway" where the primary concern is radioactive contamination of food and water. While this market might not be as strong as the 10-mile EPZ, nonetheless, it is much larger, with over 15,300 cities and more than 166 million inhabitants.

Other "High Risk" Populations: The number of people in the following markets has not been calculated. But other markets would include anyone within 10 miles of:

    • Research facilities that operate nuclear reactors3
    • Nuclear production and reprocessing facilities
    • Military facilities storing nuclear weapons

Whatever the number might be for the United States, it would have to be multiplied many times over to include the world-wide markets in these areas. In many locations, these markets will overlap with those of nuclear power plants, thereby reinforcing the marketability of the RBC Shield® tiles in these areas.


  1. Click here to view an interactive map of the location of the 103 U.S. nuclear power plants.
  2. Click here to view an interactive map of the location of nuclear power plants around the globe.
  3. Click here to view a map of the 36 non-power, research and test reactors in the U.S.