Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen is hitting the road yet again for his third speaking tour of Japan! It will be five years in March since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi began and the Japanese public continues to search for the truth about nuclear risk and honest answers to their energy future as they face their current government’s push to restart Japan’s atomic reactors. By invitation from various organizations and public interest groups, Arnie will be presenting to communities throughout Japan including those who live in the shadow of atomic reactors, plutonium reprocessing plants, and proposed atomic waste dumps. Join the Fairewinds Crew as we explore some of the key issues that will be discussed during the tour.
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Fairewinds Responds to the Latest Indian Point Tritium Leaks:
According to an Associated Press (AP) report from 2011, three quarters of all U.S. nuclear power plants have reported tritium leaks. News coverage, by the AP and ABC News about the newest reported leak from the aged Indian Point atomic plant located just north of New York City, has shown that tritium levels in groundwater are 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water.
Indian Point atomic power owner Entergy Corp. released a statement confessing that the latest samples from monitoring wells on the plant site found tritium at a level of 14.8 million picocuries per liter- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a limit of 20,000 picocuries per liter in drinking water.
Residents living near Indian Point, located in Buchanan, NY, receive their drinking water from reservoirs in the Catskill mountains, not from local wells. The nuclear industry, including Entergy Corp. and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), are attempting to mollify the public by stating that since the groundwater is not directly connected to the area’s drinking water this radioactive leak is not serious.
The truth is that the devastation of radioactive groundwater remains in the soil for generations, contaminates the surrounding environment, contaminates area crops, and creates enormous permanent problems for future decommissioning of the site. When Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen was asked for comment by the Associated Press, he told them “All of that stuff stays in the soil."
Back in 2011, Fairewinds Associates, Inc. was commissioned to provide testimony regarding the numerous tritium leaks already reported at Indian Point. Retained by Riverkeeper, one of the NGOs associated with protecting the Hudson River, Fairewinds’ testimony (click here and see below) identified Entergy’s inability to locate and prevent radioactive leaks as one of the leading causes for ongoing and future leaks at Indian Point. "There is a leak somewhere,” said Gundersen in response to this most recent leak of radioactive tritium, “and I don't think they know where it is."
For people living near this aged atomic reactor, this latest toxic groundwater leak at Indian Point is definitely scary business, especially in light of all the poisoned water issues in Flint, Michigan. Contaminated water is an ENORMOUS threat, whether contaminated by lead or radioactivity. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lives a mere 15-miles from Indian Point and has ordered the state's departments of health and environmental conservation to investigate, calling the leak "unacceptable." In addition, when he served as New York’s attorney general, in 2007 Cuomo accused the NRC of being irresponsible as it orchestrated the relicensing of this aged, leaking atomic powered plant.
Monday morning, following the statement by Entergy admitting this latest leak, Fairewinds Arnie Gundersen was interviewed by WBAI radio host Michael G. Haskins during the Morning Show. Listen to Arnie’s initial impressions and expert commentary of Indian Point’s radioactive mess here.
Japan Tour Itinerary:
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Saturday, February 13 -
*Presentation at Iwate University (1:30pm/13:30 - 4:30pm/16:30), organized by the Iwate Group For Protecting the Sanriku Sea From Radiation
Sunday, February 14 -
Fukushima City, private meetings with colleagues within Fukushima prefecture
Wednesday, February 17 -
*Peace Event at "Jimmy Carter Civic Center" in Konu-town Miyoshi, Hiroshima (6:30pm/18:30), organized by Peace Platform
Thursday, February 18 -
*Presentation at Onomichi City, Hiroshima (1:00pm/13:00 - 3:30pm/15:30), organized by Choetsu Kiko Association/Nakakubo-san
*Presentation at Hiroshima City (6:45pm/18:45 - 8:45pm/20:45), organized by Choetsu Kiko Association/Nakakubo-san
Friday, February 19 -
YMCA Event at Okayama City (afternoon,TBA)
*YMCA Event at Okayama City (evening, TBA)
Saturday, February 20 -
*"Nuclear and Human Beings after Fukushima" Event in Hiroshima City (3:00pm/15:00 - 5:30pm/17:30), organized by Hiroshima YMCA, and Hiroshima Cooperative HANWA (Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition)
Sunday, February 21 -
*Presentation at Kakogawa City (2:00pm/14:00), organized by Kainkakushin Group and Himeji YMCA
Monday, February 22 -
*"Peace Forum" Presentation in Kobe City (10:00am - 12:30pm) organized by YMCA, UNICEF, and Kobe Cooperative
Wednesday, February 24 -
*Presentation at Kagoshima City (6:30pm/18:30), organized by the "Executive Kagoshima 3.11 For Stop Re-Operating" Group
Friday, February 26 -
*Peace Event at Osaka City Temple (6:30pm/18:30), organized by Jodoshu Peace Association
Saturday, February 27 -
*Osaka Global Environment Forum 2016 in Osaka City (6:00pm/18:00 - 8:35pm/20:35), organized by Choetsu Kiko Association of Osaka and Friends of the Earth
Friday, March 4 -
*Presentation at Kamakura (6:00pm/18:00 - 9:00pm/21:00), organized by YMCA, Hibakusha Association, and others
Click here for Japan Tour Itinerary in Japanese