Fairewinds in the News:
What are the parallels between the ongoing clean up at Fukushima Daiichi and the current decommissioning process at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant? Listen as CCTV’s host Margaret Harrington interviews Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen to discuss these parallels. Providing insight from his recent trip to Japan, where he spent time in the Fukushima prefecture, Arnie reveals the flawed methodology of the decommissioning process touted by the nuclear industry worldwide. Despite the challenge of enormous radioactive contamination from a triple meltdown, Fukushima Daiichi utility owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) claims it will take them 40-years to dismantle their destroyed reactors. Yet, Vermont Yankee owner Entergy Corp. and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission agree that a 60-year clean up of Vermont Yankee is acceptable.
During Project Censored Radio’s social justice week, hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips interview Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen regarding the status of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power site and its impact on Fukushima Prefecture. Having recently met with numerous Fukushima refugees in Japan, Arnie talks about the pervasiveness of remaining radioactive contamination throughout the Fukushima Prefecture from the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi and the Japanese government’s commitment to cover up the very real subsequent health risks.
Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Mary Olson of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) will be participating in the NIRS Quarterly Tele-briefing conference call on April 5, at 8pm EST. From working with displaced refugees to collecting radioactive samples, Arnie and Mary will share their impressions and experiences from their February/March speaking tour of Japan. Following their 40-min presentation, the remainder of the call will be used for open questions and dialogue. Audiences are invited to register to listen-in live. This call will be recorded and shortly after will be made available to the public for listening. Sign up to tune in now!
Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders publicly called for the shutdown of the aged, tritium leaking Indian Point nuclear reactor. As NBC reports,
"I am very concerned that the Indian Power nuclear power reactor is more than ever before a catastrophe waiting to happen," Sanders said in a statement Monday. "In my view, we cannot sit idly by and hope that the unthinkable will never happen. We must take action to shut this plant down in a safe and responsible way. It makes no sense to me to continue to operate a decaying nuclear reactor within 25 miles of New York City where nearly 10 million people live."
Senator Sanders is the only presidential candidate who has openly opposed nuclear power production. NBC coverage shows Senator Sanders promoting clean renewable energy like wind and solar as replacements for atomic reactors.