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This Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 picture shows reactor containment domes of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, N.Y. above the homes just north of the town of Verplanck, N.Y. as seen from the Stony Point Historic Site, about 40 miles north of New York City. Nuclear sites were originally picked mainly in rural areas to lessen the impact of accidents. However, in a 2011 series, the AP reported population growth of up to 350 percent within 10 miles of nuclear sites between 1980 and 2010. About 120 million Americans - almost 40 percent - live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, according to the AP's analysis of Census data. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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