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Fairewinds - 2018-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Sorry we've been quiet in recent weeks; we have both been working on different exciting projects. Realizing how busy we are, we are taking a sabbatical while Arnie conducts his research and Maggie works on a writing project. At the same time we are also moving to a new home, which we are...

Fairewinds - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/power-struggle-closing-vermont-ya...

Nuclear Free Future host Margaret Harrington talks with Robbie Leppzer about his documentary film POWER STRUGGLE which had its world premiere at the Vermont International Film Festival in Burlington on Sunday,...

Fairewinds - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

http://projectcensored.org/podcast/nuclear-power-problems-robbie-leppzer...

Documentary producer Robbie Leppzer, discusses his latest work, Power Struggle. It’s an account of the grassroots campaign to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and the problems that remain after the...

Fairewinds - 2018-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Source: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/95479

On December 2, 2017 the University of Chicago celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear chain reaction that led to the building of the atomic bomb and the nuclear power industry. The physicist Leo Szilard said at the...

Fairewinds - 2018-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education appeared on Nuclear Hotseat, a podcast hosted by Libby Halevy, to discuss  the human toll inflicted by the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.  Recorded December 2, 2017, at DePaul University, at an event sponsored by Chicago’s...

Fairewinds - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Watchdog of Beyond Nuclear, talks with Margaret Harrington, Host of Nuclear Free Future, about the federal plan to transfer 40 years of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Following the Trump Administration's lead, Representative Peter Welch...

Fairewinds - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Originally published in The Asahi Shimbun on December 27, 2017                                                                        Written by Kohei Kano

Former Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Masataka Shimizu (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

NIIGATA--An...

Fairewinds - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Radiation-contaminated debris and soil is stockpiled for disposal near the Tokyo Electric Power Company's embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 25, 2016, in Okuma, Japan. (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

By Darh Jamail...

Fairewinds - 2017-12-27 - Original post - cached version
Power Struggle by Robbie Leppzer

Filmed during the 5-year timespan the action was occurring, this feature-length documentary by filmmaker Robbie Leppzer highlights the heated politics involved in the state-wide community effort to close the aged Vermont Yankee (VY) atomic power reactor. The...

Fairewinds - 2017-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Published in Japan Times Dec. 20th 2017

Eager to maintain its energy policy in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Japan made sure concerns about nuclear technology were downplayed at the 12th Group of Seven summit it chaired in Tokyo days after the disaster, according to Japanese...

Fairewinds - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

As the United States (US) energy economy entered the 21st century, the atomic power industry declared that this century is the beginning of an alleged Nuclear Renaissance. In response utilities and energy corporations placed orders for 30 brand new allegedly ‘safer and more modern reactors’...

Fairewinds - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Published May 17, 2017 by Hugh Gusterson in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

Last week’s accident at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation should have come as no surprise.

On May 9, workers discovered a 20-foot-diameter hole where the roof had collapsed on a...

Fairewinds - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Fairewinds Energy Education program researcher Ben Shulman-Reed appeared with Margaret Harrington, host of Nuclear Free Future on CCTV, along with Kevin Kamps of the nuclear waste watchdog, Beyond Nuclear via Skype. Rising nuclear tensions with North Korea as well as the continuous nuclear...

Fairewinds - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the recent developments at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors as well as the possible restart of more atomic reactors in Japan were the topics of discussion when Nuclear Free Future host Margaret Harrington invited Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and...

Fairewinds - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Spring: The Season of Nuclear Disaster – Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi was the title of the April 4, 2017 tele-briefing hosted by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and guest speaker Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen. Hosted by Tim Judson, NIRS...

Fairewinds - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

The following list compiles several books that we highly recommend you read if you are interested in learning more about the Chernobyl disaster. All the books are linked to a website where you can read reviews or purchase the books. 

Chernobyl, 20 Years On: Health Effects of the...

Fairewinds - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

On Saturday March 26th, Arnie traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to give a keynote presentation on the 38th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant. This is the presentation he gave. In it he discusses his time working for the nuclear industry and the...

Fairewinds - 2017-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen joined Sojourner Truth Radio's host Margaret Prescod on March 14th to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Joining Arnie on the show, is Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear, a radioactive waste watchdog. Kevin discusses...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-28 - Original post - cached version

KGO Radio: Host Pat Thurston recently interviewed Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer for Fairewinds Energy Education on KGO radio to discuss the latest challenging news from Japan about the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power reactor including the high levels of radiation emanating from the reactors,...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-21 - Original post - cached version

(Source: Reuters) Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency talks to the Media

Published Thursday March 17th, in Reuters by Tom Miles 

BEIJING—Eighteen months before Japan’s radiation crisis, U.S. diplomats had lambasted the safety chief of the...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-14 - Original post - cached version
Environmental groups demand investigation

Published February 10th, 2017 By Matthew Strong in Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An Italian businessman dumped radioactive nuclear waste in the ocean near Taiwan in the 1990s, according to documents from an Italian...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Published September 8th, 2015 By Leonard Weiss in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

At a time when the Iran agreement is in the headlines and other Middle Eastern countries—notably Saudi Arabia—are making noises about establishing their own programs for nuclear energy...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-03 - Original post - cached version

 

Opposition to Highly Radioactive Liquid Shipments Continues

For Immediate Release          February 3 2017

In spite of a disappointing ruling by a US Judge on Thursday afternoon, February 2, public opposition remains to an unprecedented plan to ship 23,...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Arnie recently appeared on the Ecoshock radio show to discuss extreme nuclear dangers with host Alex Smith. One of Alex's listeners had told him that "Even if one reactor blows in America or Europe... the impact and the number of dead will be far less than the millions of all species who will...

Fairewinds - 2017-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, Inc., submitted testimony January 27, 2017 on behalf of Mothers for Peace in the California Public Utilities Commission Diablo Canyon Closure case. Fairewinds argues for closure of Diablo Canyon in 2019 rather than 2024.

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Fairewinds - 2017-01-24 - Original post - cached version

JANUARY 23, 2017, UCS By Dave Lochbaum

To many, the acronym NRC stands for Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At times, NRC has been said to stand for Nobody Really Cares, Nuclear Rubberstamp Committee, and Nielsen Ratings Commission.

In regard to Larry Criscione, it may stand for...

Fairewinds - 2017-01-06 - Original post - cached version

December, 27 2016 by Oliver Moody, The Times

Watchdog accused over safety incidents every day.

The nuclear safety regulator has been accused of turning a blind eye to dozens of serious mistakes at power plants and military bases.

A torpedo inadvertently...

Fairewinds - 2016-12-15 - Original post - cached version

Claims that atomic power reactors are the solution to global warming are simply attempted rebranding efforts by the nuclear power industry to make people believe nuclear power is a "clean" way of generating electricity. Listen to CCTV host Margaret Harrington of Nuclear Free Future interview...

Fairewinds - 2016-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Confused about what the election means for the future of America’s energy systems? Maggie and Arnie Gundersen were recently featured on Project Censored Radio with Hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips to discuss exactly that. Listen as Maggie and Arnie examine the future of nuclear power...

Fairewinds - 2016-11-17 - Original post - cached version

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’...

Fairewinds - 2016-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Arnie Gundersen spoke with host Harvey Wasserman about the past, present and future of atomic power on Solortopia's Green Power and Wellness Hour.  Also appearing on the show was Dennis Kucinich. 

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Fairewinds - 2016-11-14 - Original post - cached version

 November 14, 2016 By Arnie Gundersen, Truthout

Starting in 1971, I became a card-carrying member of the "nuclear priesthood." I began as a licensed nuclear reactor operator and progressed through the industry to become a senior vice president. I believed, with religious fervor, that by...

Fairewinds - 2016-10-19 - Original post - cached version

CO2 Smokescreen: New Nukes Make Global Warming Worse uncovers the ludicrously small impact that nuclear power has on saving the Earth from CO2 emissions in contrast to the promises of the atomic power industry. Well received by fellow experts in the field and filmed by award winning...

Fairewinds - 2016-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Written by Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen

Featured in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

A July 2016 article in The Guardian said that the country of Ukraine has been soliciting funds for a proposed project to turn extensive swathes of ground adjacent to...

Fairewinds - 2016-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Japan's former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi speaks at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo November 12, 2013. Koizumi publicly called for an end to Japan's use of nuclear power on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

September 7, 2016, Channel NewsAsia

TOKYO: Japanese Prime...

Fairewinds - 2016-08-05 - Original post - cached version

August 5, 2016 By Greg Mitchell, Pressing Issues

I've posted dozens of pieces about the atomic bombing (before and after) of Japan in August 1945.  Here's a story, from my book Atomic Cover-Up,  on what happened, weeks later, when the first U.S. troops arrived. 

On September 8,...

Fairewinds - 2016-07-29 - Original post - cached version

“Consent based siting” is the process proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) to locate radioactive waste dump sites around the US.  Fairewinds Energy Education believes that such a process is biased against communities struggling financially due to factory closings and the global...

Fairewinds - 2016-07-29 - Original post - cached version

RE: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Radioactive Protective Action Guides (PAGs) and Water PAGs

Docket Number (EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268; FRL-9947-55-OW)

Dear Janet McCabe – EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation and the EPA Docket:...

Fairewinds - 2016-07-29 - Original post - cached version

How does the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown disaster show the enormous risk potential for the continued operation of the Diablo Canyon atomic reactor? Filmed by Ecological Options Network (EON) at Point Reyes Station in California, Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen presents A World in Danger...

Fairewinds - 2016-07-07 - Original post - cached version

Do children worldwide suffer from atomic power? Absolutely. Join CCTV host Margaret Harrington, and from Fairewinds Energy Education: President Maggie Gundersen, Program Administrator Caroline Phillips, and Board Director Chiho Kaneko, for Part 2 of their discussion on the health risks to...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-29 - Original post - cached version

June 29th, 2016 By Mathieu Gaulène (Reporterre), nuclear-news

Last week, the Embassy of France in Tokyo, Japan organized a “friendship dinner” to promote agricultural products from Fukushima. In this great communication exercise, the main purpose was to “serve the...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-27 - Original post - cached version

June 27th, 2016 By , FAS

The US Navy has quietly built a new $294 million underground nuclear weapons storage complex at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), a high-security base in Washington that stores and maintains the Trident II ballistic missiles and their nuclear...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-22 - Original post - cached version

In December 2015 and during the heat of the controversy in California over whether to shut down or re-license the state’s last operating nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon, Fairewinds President Maggie Gundersen and Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen were in California presenting to various colleges and...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-21 - Original post - cached version

June 21, 2016, RT

Earlier in June a report emerged that then-President of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Masataka Shimizu told employees not to use the word “meltdown.” The decision was allegedly made under pressure from the Japanese government.

According to the...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-19 - Original post - cached version

June 19, 2016 By Dave Phillips, The New York Times

It was a late winter night in 1966 and a fully loaded B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol had collided with a refueling jet high over the Spanish coast, freeing four hydrogen bombs that went tumbling toward a farming village called...

Fairewinds - 2016-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Gendai Business Online’s top ranked article is an exclusive interview with Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen titled, American nuclear expert warns: "There is a possibility that now in Fukushima recontamination is occurring.” With more than 10,000 likes on Facebook, this Japanese...

Fairewinds - 2016-05-26 - Original post - cached version

May 26, 2016 By Clyde Haberman, The New York Times

In combat, lives can be erased in an instant. Military men and women accept that as a given. But what if peril stalks them as civilians, long after the guns have fallen silent? As the years pass, does the nation bear an abiding obligation...

Fairewinds - 2016-05-24 - Original post - cached version

The Mystery of the Missing Bolts: New York City's Stricken Indian Nuclear Plant, May 24, 2016, Friends of the Earth and Fairewinds Associates

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Fairewinds - 2016-05-20 - Original post - cached version

May 20, 2016 By Susannah Frame, KING

Workers at the Hanford Site near the Tri-Cities are demanding change after a record number of people have sought medical attention and made trips to the hospital after exposure to suspected chemical vapors on the job.

The most recent...

Fairewinds - 2016-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Photo Credit: Britannica 

by Sue Prent, Researcher/Blogger

Located in Washington State, near the majestic Columbia River, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a site of grimly historic significance, linked to the bombing of Nagasaki and the Cold War nuclear arms race. The...

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