Ongoing Radioactivity in Japan

Ongoing Radioactivity in Japan

Late this week Arnie will return from Japan where he has been continuing his research and scientific analysis with Dr. Marco Kaltofen. Their trip has allowed them to meet with many of the organizations, citizen scientists, and Japanese heroes who have helped with their work. This trip also enabled Arnie to build on many of the relationships that Fairewinds Energy Education has developed during its 6-years of working with citizen scientists in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi triple meltdowns. 

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Press Release: Radioactively-Hot Particles in Japan

Press Release: Radioactively-Hot Particles in Japan

Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.

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We Will Keep You Informed

We Will Keep You Informed

During the past few weeks the U.S. government and the nuclear industry failed multiple times to keep workers and residents safe from the toxic radioactive waste that nuclear power produces. We witnessed the collapse of a storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where highly contaminated radioactive material was being stored. In a case of Déjà Vu, another event occurred at a nuclear waste landfill in Idaho when an excavator was digging up highly radioactive material.

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More Magical Thinking: Nuclear Power Economics

More Magical Thinking: Nuclear Power Economics

Beginning in the 1950s, the United States nuclear power aficionados have attempted to build 250 atomic power reactors. Of those planned, purchased, or constructed reactors, 130 were canceled before they produced any electricity, 20 more have been closed for mechanical failures, defects due to aging components, or simply because they were no longer financially profitable for the corporations that owned them

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Consequences of a Catastrophe: 31 Years of Chernobyl

Consequences of a Catastrophe: 31 Years of Chernobyl

Today marks the 31st commemoration of the disastrous nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, originally located in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The atomic core exploded and then caught fire, burning for 9-days straight and spewing deadly amounts of radiation into the atmosphere over an area covering 58,000 square miles.

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Spring: The Season of Nuclear Disaster

Spring: The Season of Nuclear Disaster

Science saves lives – think antibiotics, insulin for diabetes, and surgical interventions after car crashes just to name a few. This year scientists throughout the United States (U.S.) are celebrating science, scientific funding, and scientific accomplishments on April 22, 2017 Earth Day.

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Fukushima: Six Years and Counting

Fukushima: Six Years and Counting

Even though so much has happened in the world since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to three nuclear meltdowns and widespread radiation releases, it is crucial to remember that this international fiasco has no end in sight. For the tens of thousands of people in Japan who have been forced to evacuate, this disaster is a daily struggle.

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