[act-ma] Wed Oct 9, 10am Panel on Fukushima // Intentionally Dumping Fukushima's Radiation into the Sea as a Safe Solution
amyh at texnology.com
Tue Oct 8 10:43:39 PDT 2013
Very good background article on radiation risks from Fukushima
Beginning at 10 AM- NOT 9 AM
FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN TO JOIN NUCLEAR PANEL DISCUSSION IN
Seminar on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe as
applied to the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA
Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Boston
BOSTON (Oct. 4, 2013)-Today Naoto Kan, the former Japanese Prime Minister,
has been added to a panel of esteemed speakers to address the future of
nuclear power and the lessons to be learned from the Fukushima-Daiichi
nuclear accident. The panel will specifically address concerns regarding
Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The seminar
will be held in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Additional speakers on the panel include former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC), Dr. Gregory Jaczko; former NRC Commissioner
Peter Bradford;and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, and are scheduled to
share their perspectives on nuclear safety and the future of nuclear power.
The panel will be moderated by the President of Riverkeeper, Paul Gallay.
U.S. citizens are questioning the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.
Pilgrim's crowded storage pools are currently holding up to five times more
spent fuel rods than they were designed to handle and can potentially be
more dangerous than the nuclear reactors themselves. In the event of a
catastrophe like the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, the plant would
threaten millions. A nuclear disaster at Pilgrim would threaten the lives of
millions within 50 miles of the Plymouth plant including Boston, Cape Cod
and surrounding areas.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Kan was in office in March 2011 when an
earthquake and tsunami triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi
nuclear plant. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear
crisis that persists to this day. Jaczko was the Chairman of the NRC during
the earthquake and tsunami. In 2012, Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on
plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30
Earlier this year on June 4, 2013, Jaczko, Bradford and Gunderson were
joined by Japan's former Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, where they spoke at the
San Diego County Administrative Center about their concerns regarding the
safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Three days after the panel,
the plant was closed permanently.
The panel discussion is open to the public and news media.
For media and the public who are unable to attend, the New York panel can be
heard on a live feed at
https://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/newyork and the Boston panel can
be heard at <https://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/boston>
https://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/boston, these webcasts will be
archived at the link for at least 30 days once live. More information can be
found at <http://www.facebook.com/FukushimaLessons>
The panel, The Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Accident: Lessons for Boston, will
includeNaoto Kan, the former Japanese Prime Minister, former NRC Chair
Gregory Jaczko, who led the commission during the Fukushima-Daiichi
accident, along with former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford, and nuclear
engineer Arnie Gunderson. More speakers to be announced.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
10:00am - 1:00pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133 (Gardner
The Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station is located in Plymouth, MA, 40 miles
outside Boston. Last summer, Jaczko and the community presented legal
appeals and environmental warnings to shut down Pilgrim, however, the NRC
renewed the 40-year-old nuclear plant's license for another 20 years despite
these oppositions. A nuclear crisis at Pilgrim would pose a danger to
millions of people who live within 50 miles of Pilgrim, including those in
the city of Boston.
Massachusetts Peace Action
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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