ALDRICH: This was a lifeline for them. They built new roads. They built new bridges. They built old-age homes. Someone in the community bought a gold brick and put it in the local government offices for people to look at. That’s how much money was coming in. People didn’t even know what to do with this money.  Daniel P. Aldrich is a professor at Northeastern University. He studied the huge economic gains that nuclear power host towns originally got in Japan.


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