An editorial from the Kansas City StarAccording to critics, nuclear power plants are dangerous to human health. So are military bases, atomic weapons research facilities, laboratories - almost anything else that deals with radiation.

So it's not surprising that a company, tapping into this fear felt by many Americans, would come up with a device allegedly designed to alert them to radiation in their homes.

A press release touting the device carries the warning that the "problem is real." The detector will be "saving lives" if purchased. "The first people to leave a dangerous radiation zone will probably be the only ones to survive another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island," it concludes.

Well, let's not go too far. Actually, the concern about radiation from nuclear facilities has always been questionable. Nuclear proponents consider the danger to be much more imagined than real.

Even opponents have never been able to gather enough evidence to prove that living within a certain distance of nuclear facilities is dangerous because of pervasive radiation.

Presumably, none of this contrary reasoning will stop the company from making the early warning devices and scaring folks.