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Demystifying Nuclear Power Through Education

Our mission is to educate the public about nuclear power and other energy issues.

Fairewinds Energy Education is an easy to use educational hub for fact-based, undistorted energy information. Fairewinds’ website features blogposts, podcasts, and videos in which we collaborate with experts in wide ranging fields to discuss energy issues.


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Already facing significant losses, the communities impacted by the Woolsey Fire are now worried about airborne radioactivity because the Woolsey Fire burned the area around and adjacent to the Santa Susana Field Lab, an old nuclear test facility that is now a superfund site. Vegetation in close proximity to superfund sites tend to have high levels of toxic and possibly radioactive materials stored within them due to nutrient uptake through the roots. As the vegetation surrounding the Santa Susana Lab burned, it released these toxic particulates into the air to be dispersed at the whims of the breeze.  

After fielding many questions and having been asked for support, Fairewinds has launched sampling protocols and procedures to collect a wide set of data from as many of the surrounding areas close to the site as possible. Once again, we are utilizing the power of citizen scientists and volunteers to collect these soil and dust samples, so that we and the scientists we work with may more accurately assess if Santa Susana radioactive isotopes are migrating to the surrounding communities or the pristine forests where people hike and explore.

Read our full sampling protocol here

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Press Release: Radioactive Hot Particles in Japan

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. Based on 415 samples of radioactive dust from Japan, the USA, and Canada, the study identified a statistically meaningful number of samples that were considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated.

Read the full press release and link to the report here.

Smokescreen Animation

                                                                                                                        The Fairewinds Crew created this special 2-minute animation to show you why building new nukes is a lost opportunity for humankind with precious time and money wasted on the wrong choice. At least $8.2 Trillion would be needed to build the 1,000 atomic reactors the nuclear industry wants – that’s 1 reactor every 12-days for 35-years. Watch the animation to see what it means and why!

                                                                                                                             Watch Smokescreen, also Available in French, German, and Japanese!

 


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