Fairewinds' Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen is returning to Japan!
In February 2012, Fukushima Daiichi: Truth And The Way Forward was released to the Japanese public by the Japanese publishing house Shueisha Inc. Written by Fairewinds' President Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds' Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen, and international barrister Reiko Okazaki, this book would go on to become a Japanese bestseller and serve as a beacon of truth-speak for a country of citizens looking for answers. Arnie traveled to Japan for a speaking tour alongside co-author Reiko. During August of the same year, he had a second speaking tour organized by Aileen Mioko Smith and Green Action Japan. It began at Tokyo University and included Japan’s Parliament (the Diet), the Japanese Bar Association and other venues. Now, he's going back!Read more
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As governments and nations work towards a fossil free energy future, a strong push by the nuclear industry for an atomic energy future is making its way into global energy power discussions around the world.
Apart from the economic weakness of an atomic power future as well as the enormous risk of meltdowns and radioactive contamination from atomic reactors, what the nuclear industry fails to mention is their total inability to properly manage and dispose of the highly toxic waste created by the nuke industry that threatens humanity for hundreds of thousands of years.
In Fairewinds’ latest video, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Dr. Marco Kaltofen, nuclear forensics expert and president of Boston Chemical Data Corporation, discuss major problems that continue to plague radioactive waste dumps with toxic releases that impact people and the environment in the United States and abroad.
Atomic garbage has piled-up more than 70-years high, beginning with the first atom bomb testing in the American Southwest, and the nuclear industry has failed to safely “take the trash out.”
In this video, Mr. Gundersen and Dr. Kaltofen take a look at the currently raging underground fire in the St. Louis area, from which Dr. Kaltofen has studied at least 350 samples during the past 2-years. Dr. Kaltofen draws our attention to the 1950s chemical explosion at the Kyshtym nuclear waste facility in Russia, a rarely discussed nuclear disaster whose repercussions continue to haunt the health and lives of people living in Kyshtym’s fall-out area today. From the cracking, leaking Hanford site threatening the Columbus River to plutonium and americium found in house dust from the homes of people living near the Rocky Flats Nuclear Arsenal in Rocky Flats, Colorado, Mr. Gundersen and Dr. Kaltofen concur that no country is managing nuclear waste. Arguably one of the worst releases of radiation into the environment was in New Mexico, at a place called Church Rock that borders Navajo Nation. At Church Rock, a 20-foot breach in a dam allowed acidic water containing uranium mill tailings to enter Puerco River and contaminate 70 miles of crucial desert water flowing through Navajo land.
Mr. Gundersen and Dr. Kaltofen highlight a chilling truth: the threat of economic strain and financial burden hardly touches the lasting devastation to people and the environment that atomic energy and the nuclear industry impose throughout every link in the nuclear power fuel chain.
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In Fairewinds’ latest update of the ongoing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen presents two reports that confirm the direct link of numerous cancers in Japan to the triple meltdown. Based upon data from Japanese medical professionals and utility owner of the meltdown site, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Arnie concludes that heavy radioactive discharges will be the cause of enormous spikes in cancer in Japan.
TEPCO’s press release confirms the leukemia diagnosis for a TEPCO worker due to his ongoing exposure during the last four years to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown. Sadly, during the early months of the Fukushima Daiichi emergency, most TEPCO workers did not wear the required dosimeters required to measure each employee’s exposure to radiation, which has made accurate assessment of the radiation doses received by TEPCO employees impossible.
The second report, provided by esteemed Japanese medical professionals, reveals that the incidence of thyroid cancer is approximately 230 times higher than normal in the Fukushima Prefecture. This disturbing number for the people of Japan is solely due to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and the ongoing radioactivity emanating from the decimated nuclear site.
In this video, Arnie recounts his presentation from 2013 at the New York Academy of Medicine where he forecast continuous radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and also the devastating health effects for the Japanese people, despite the chronically underestimated radiation exposure levels propagated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Japanese government.
Demystifying Nuclear Power:
Nuclear IS Atomic
written by Chiho Kaneko, member of Fairewinds Board of Directors
Fairewinds Energy Education Board Member Chiho Kaneko is this week’s special guest blogger. Chiho is a woman of many talents. She is fluent in both English and Japanese, is an experienced translator, columnist, author, artist, pianist, and singer. We at Fairewinds are very thankful for Chiho’s work on our Board of Directors and the heart and spirit she brings to everything she does for us and for others around the world.
With the help of two highly skilled translators, a South Korean public policy delegation met with Fairewinds’ Crew in September to ask questions and discuss decommissioning issues in the United States. The public panel, consisting of nuclear fuel researchers, labor union leaders, university professors, and NGO representatives, traveled from Seoul to Burlington, Vermont to visit Fairewinds Energy Education for a 5-hour, in depth briefing on the current state of decommissioning in the United States and in Vermont.
Some topics discussed included the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, the meaning and history of Vermont’s ACT 160 legislation, and the implications of decommissioning a nuclear reactor run by an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation), as well as public policy issues with the US NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). Following their meeting with the Fairewinds Crew, the S. Korean delegation proceeded to Montpelier, Vermont to meet with Vermont's Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia and State Senator Diane Snelling, followed by a meeting with Executive Director for Citizens Awareness Network Deb Katz in Brattleboro. The delegation's fast paced, week long tour of decommissioning hot spots throughout New England also included a meeting with Vermont Yankee utility owner Entergy Corp. during a guided visit of the controversial, aging, New York nuclear power plant at Indian Point.
Take a look at pictures from the meeting and learn more about what was discussed here.Read more
Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific. But what about the extraordinary amount of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes spread hundreds of miles from the nuclear catastrophe site yet to be cleaned up and now displaced by the flood into newly contaminated villages? Once again, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, is here to keep you informed.
Historians will look back at 2015 as the turning point for producing electricity during the 21st century. The data is in: building new nuclear power plants is too expensive and takes too long. Global climate change can be prevented with a renewable electric grid that will become the new normal. The forecast is simple: dirty forms of energy like coal, nuclear, oil, and fracked gas are no longer cheaper and certainly not cleaner or safer then renewable alternative power like solar, wind, wave, and geothermal. As Victor Hugo once said, “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
Demystifying Nuclear Power:
Seventy years ago the United States forced the world into the nuclear age by dropping the world’s first atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. A second atomic bomb was dropped three days later on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, August 9, 1945. The bombing of these two residential cities resulted in the immediate death of at least 129,000 peopleRead more