Diablo Canyon: The Devil’s in the Details; Part 1: A Troubled History

Diablo Canyon: The Devil’s in the Details; Part 1:  A Troubled History

In this Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast series, the Fairewinds Crew will share the troubled history of Diablo Canyon and speak with the leading activists in opposition to Diablo Canyon’s ominous 50-year presence along the California coast.  

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Seismic Report Part 2

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Seismic Report Part 2

Fairewinds Science Advisor Dr. Leslie Kanat returns as a guest on Fairewinds podcast to dig deeper into seismic issues and nuclear power. Can humans cause earthquakes? Join the Fairewinds Crew and Dr. Kanat to find out! 

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Indian Point and the Mystery of The Missing Bolts

Indian Point and the Mystery of The Missing Bolts

Missing bolts and “nuclear reactor” are words one generally does not want in the same sentence. However, when more than one quarter of the bolts inside an atomic reactor core go missing, the risk and concern multiply.  Listen to this breaking news Fairewinds Energy Education podcast of a formal press conference hosted by Friends of the Earth regarding its Emergency Petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Prohibit Restart of Indian Point Unit 2 and Inspect Indian Point Unit 3.

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Seismic Report Part 1

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Seismic Report Part 1

In this podcast, the Fairewinds Crew discusses seismicity risks and atomic power with Fairewinds Science Advisor Dr. Leslie Kanat, a double Fulbright scholar and professor of geology at Johnson State College. Dr. Kanat explains the difference between fault and subduction zones, why earthquakes are near impossible to predict, and how history can and does repeat itself. 

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Tritium Exposé

Tritium Exposé

Tritium, the radioactive isotope and bi-product of nuclear power generation, is making headlines with notable leaks at 75% of all the reactors in the United States, including Indian Point in New York, and Turkey Point in Florida. Speaking with renowned British scientist, Dr. Ian Fairlie, the Fairewinds Crew confirms the magnitude and true risk of tritium to the human body in its three various forms: tritiated water, tritiated air, and organically bound tritium.

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The NRC’s Magnificent Seven

The NRC’s Magnificent Seven

Invited guest David Lochbaum from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Maggie and Arnie Gundersen discuss the brave seven who submitted the "put up or shut down" petition in this most recent Fairewinds podcast.

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Against the Will of the People – Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 5

Against the Will of the People – Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 5

Listen as the Fairewinds Crew uncovers the truth behind the Abe administration’s new “nuclear safety myth”.

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Put on a Happy Face – Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 4

Put on a Happy Face – Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 4

Before speaking to audiences in Sendai, Japan, where restart of atomic power coincided with a volcanic eruption a mere 31-miles away, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen talks with the Fairewinds Crew about the current lives of Japanese people affected by the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. 

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Fukushima Refugees Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 3

Fukushima Refugees Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 3

A woman introduced herself, “I am 6A.” Meeting with 22 women, ages 17 to 60, Arnie Gundersen is the first person who has met with them to talk about the effects of radiation during the 5-years that they have been evacuees. 

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Ground Zero: Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 2

Ground Zero: Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 2

With 99 operating atomic power reactors generating electricity in the U.S., what’s so different about your home, your town, your state that what happened to Fukushima couldn’t happen to you and your family?

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On The Road Again...Japan Speaking Tour Series No.

On The Road Again...Japan Speaking Tour Series No.

Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen is hitting the road yet again for his third speaking tour of Japan! 

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Decommissioning: Trust Fund or Slush Fund?

Decommissioning: Trust Fund or Slush Fund?

In the first Fairewinds podcast of 2016, the Fairewinds Crew discusses nuclear industry exemptions to regulations allowed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – A.K.A. the NRC.

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NRC: Lapdog or Watchdog?

NRC: Lapdog or Watchdog?

Arnie and Maggie Gundersen discuss the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's (ASLB) decision to hold public hearings about restarting the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.  "This whole issue is about the public's right to know. The nuclear industry and the NRC have developed a process to keep the public out," Arnie says.

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Nuclear Regulators Stick Their Heads In The Sand

Nuclear Regulators Stick Their Heads In The Sand

Bad things happen when regulators do not enforce nuclear power plant regulations.  This week's podcast discusses secret, closed-door meetings between top regulators in Japan, as well as the failure of regulation much closer to home: in Michigan. Arnie Gundersen is joined by Kevin Kamps, a radioactive waste specialist with Beyond Nuclear.  Finally, surprising radioactive discoveries at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi site call into question the key assumptions regulators use when trying to decide just how well the public is protected from nuclear power plant accidents.

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Nuclear Contamination Knows No Borders

Nuclear Contamination Knows No Borders

On today’s podcast, Arnie talks about international nuclear contamination with Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. 

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Can't Win? Change the Rules!

Can't Win? Change the Rules!

The US and Japan are trying to raise acceptable radiation exposure limits. "If you can't decrease the water level, you elevate the bridge," says pediatrician and author Dr. Helen Caldicott. 

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Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

The most striking thing about seeing any nuclear power plant up close is their sheer size. They are such impressive feats of construction and design, and it's hard to imagine that something so robust could fail. In this week's podcast, find out why nuclear power plants fail, and why failure is a fact of life that the industry refuses to acknowledge.

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Tipping the Scale: The 3/11 Formula

Tipping the Scale: The 3/11 Formula

Former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko was forced out of the NRC by Congress for not adequately supporting the nuclear industry. The NRC claims all nuclear plants are still safe, but how are they doing their math?

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Nuclear Power and Earthquakes

Nuclear Power and Earthquakes

Why is a geologist interested in nuclear plants?  Listen to Fairewinds Board member geologist Dr. Les Kanat talk with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen about seismological events in relation to nuclear power.  Why do east coast nuclear plants have higher Core Damage Frequencies and are more likely to be damaged from an earthquake than those in California?  Do corporate economic concerns mean that nuclear plants are not designed to handle the worst 'quake? Tune in and discover what the NRC has identified as the most dangerous plant in America.

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Arkansas: Nuclear plant fatality and tar sands oil pipeline spill

Arkansas: Nuclear plant fatality and tar sands oil pipeline spill

The Exxon-operated "Pegasus" oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Ark. over the weekend, threatening local lakes and rivers with heavy "dilbit" crude from Canadian tar sands.

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