Forbes Flips

“The nuclear industry would have you believe that humankind is smart enough to develop techniques to store nuclear waste for a quarter of a million years, but at the same time human kind is so dumb we can’t figure out a way to store solar electricity overnight. To me that doesn’t make sense.”
– Arnie Gundersen

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World Uranium Symposium 2015 Fukushima Workshop

In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all […]

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State Senate Listens, Will NRC Hear?

In his testimony to the Senate Committee, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen emphasized the lack of a basis in physics for the 60-year timeline and the potential dangers and burden to Vermonters should Entergy, a limited liability company (LLC), be allowed to take 60-years to decommission Vermont Yankee.

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Voices From Chernobyl

Spring should bring flowers in bloom, birds, sunshine, and renewed hope after a long winter, not nuclear meltdown. Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi – all nuclear industry made disasters that started during springtime continue to forewarn us of the dangers of nuclear power. As Albert Einstein said, “The release of atomic power has […]

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Three Mile Island Opera

TMI, A Human Perspective By Maggie Gundersen  I was startled in October 2011, when I received a phone call and email from German Public Radio and Television (ARD) correspondent Karl Hoffman requesting an opportunity to interview and film Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen for an opera about the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island (TMI). […]

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Writing the Nuclear Meltdown Playbook

People today who are familiar with social media think that TMI means “Too Much Information”. But to me, and anyone listening to the news in 1979, TMI will always represent the disaster at Three Mile Island, when the public received too little information, not too much.

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Decommissioning Stakeholders’ Fund-amental Rights

By allowing nuclear energy corporations to raid nuclear plant decommissioning funds, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an unreviewed and unregulated subsidy to the nuclear industry.  Hosted by Chris Williams of Citizens Action Network, Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen details how Decommissioning Stakeholders’ Fund-amental Rights are being trampled.

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Fairewinds Keeps You Informed – Fukushima

Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen introduces the Fairewinds Fukushima Nuclear Timeline from a distance. Arnie is in the United Kingdom this week to commemorate the tragic triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011 by speaking to the House of Commons and several other venues about the disaster.

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Fukushima Meltdown 4 Years Later

Four years have passed since the tragic triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants, and the hits keep on coming as massive amounts of radioactively contaminated water continue to flow into the Pacific Ocean and no solution exists for safely containing the ongoing accumulation of radioactive debris contaminating the prefecture.  

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Remove VY Carcass – Veto SAFSTOR

Funded by a Lintilhac Foundation Grant, Fairewinds Energy Education has evaluated Entergy’s plan to use the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sanctioned SAFSTOR process to decommission Vermont Yankee. Developed by the NRC, SAFSTOR is a subsidy that benefits nuclear power plant owners like Entergy by providing them with a 60-year window to decommission nuclear plants.

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Strontium-90 and VT Yankee

The summary on Strontium-90 is on pages 7-8 and pages 15-16 of the report to the legislature, below. This was an assessment of Entergy Nuclear VT Yankee’s progress (as of July 1, 2010) toward meeting the milestones outlined by the Act 189 Vermont Yankee Public Oversight Panel, since the incidents with the tritium leak and buried underground pipes, and new reliability challenges facing ENVY, Entergy, and the State of Vermont.

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Nuclear Crack Down?

Did you know that embrittled nuclear reactors could shatter like glass? Watch Fairewinds Energy Education’s Nuclear Science Guy Arnie Gundersen demonstrate reactor embrittlement and imagine the shattering glass as a shattering nuclear reactor vessel. What makes embrittlement so dangerous and frightening is that during an emergency when the reactor must be cooled down quickly, the […]

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Thank You from Fairewinds

First of all, thank you for your support of Fairewinds Energy Education. Our Crew works diligently to provide the most up to date factual nuclear safety information as we speak truth to power. Fairewinds shares the belief that everyone has the right to learn about personal health and safety issues. Our worldwide community of listeners […]

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Hofstra Nuclear Debate

Should Nuclear Energy be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future? This was the question that Hofstra University posed to debaters in its second annual Pride and Purpose Debate last Thursday, November 20, 2014. The debate panelists brought together to discuss the environmental, fiscal, and policy issues pertaining to the expansion of nuclear energy […]

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French Nuclear Cycle Crash

France has been a world leader in nuclear power, deriving almost 80% of its produced electricity from nuclear reactors. Following the 1974 oil shock, France embraced nuclear power by building 58 nuclear reactors in an effort to be energy self-sufficient. Where do the French see themselves as energy consumers and producers today and what is […]

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Whose Fault?

If an earthquake fault caused a nuclear accident at California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, whose fault would it be?  Did you know that Diablo Canyon is adjacent to two active earthquake faults: the Hosgri and Shoreline faults? When we think of earthquake damage we think of buildings shaking and crumbling, pipes bursting and breaking. […]

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Carbon Free, Nuclear Free

Transcript: Arnie Gundersen (followed by Tim Judson, NIRS) Fairewinds:     In preparation for the New York City People’s Climate March, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen spoke to staffers from the United Nations about why nuclear power is not a viable solution to the issue of climate change. Following the New York City UN presentation, Arnie traveled to Westchester […]

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The WAVE

Is nuclear power a sustainable or safe solution to ongoing energy demands around the world? Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen was invited to speak in August at The WAVE conference sponsored by Life Chiropractic College West. More than 1600 chiropractors attended the conference near San Francisco, California to hear speakers like Arnie Gundersen and Erin Brockovich talk […]

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Detonation in Space

  What would happen to our electronic and digital world if terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb in space?  Listen to Part 2 of Fairewinds’ interview with Matthew Stein. Arnie Gundersen and Mat discuss EMPs (electromagnetic pulses), and Mat explains the three different levels of EMPs, clarifying misconceptions. Arnie and Mat also explore the devastating damage such an attack […]

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Beautiful Skies with Devastating Repercussions

Listen Solar Storms: Sometimes the most beautiful natural phenomena can have devastating consequences. When the sun ejects hot charged particles into space, the Northern Lights are created here on Earth.  Occasionally the sun erupts with huge quantities of particles (Coronal Mass Ejection) that can damage the earth’s electric systems.   Renowned author Mat Stein and […]

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Should Japan Restart Its Nuclear Reactors?

Arnie Gundersen in The Mark News (read the original here).  His essay has be re-posted by over 100 news outlets. Should Japan Restart Its Nuclear Reactors? August 21, 2014 Only luck and real courage at 14 nuclear reactors on Japan’s Pacific coast overcame the technical failures of nuclear power and prevented the nation from being […]

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What if … a Vermont nuke melted down?

Master storyteller Chris Bohjalian turned to Arnie & Maggie Gundersen of Fairewinds for technical advice on nuclear reactor operations and accidents for his latest novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.” Here’s one review: “After introducing this big what-if premise, Bohjalian (whose many novels include the Oprah favorites “Midwives” and “The Sandcastle Girls”) writes about the nuclear […]

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Japan Friends

Our Japan Friends: TV Documentary 10 pm on JUNE 1 in Japan (one time only, in Japanese). If you have friends or colleagues in Japan, please pass this on: New Japanese Documentary Featuring Arnie Gundersen To Be Broadcast on NHKSunday, June 1 at 10pm on BS-1.  For more information about the program (in Japanese): NHK […]

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Nuclear Free Future: Nuclear Industry Profit Before Nuclear Safety

Margaret Harrington, host of Nuclear Free Future on Channel 17 BCAT, speaks with Arnie Gundersen about fuel pools, emergency planning and nuclear power subsidies. Hat tips to US Senators Sanders and Markey for introducing a bill requiring emergency planning continue after closure. Entergy and the other nuclear power operators are proposing they be exempt from any […]

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Bringing The Focus Back On Life

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster opened the door to see how this is not merely a Japanese crisis. It is a crisis that transcends geography and time. We traced the roots of this crisis back 60-years to the fishing boat Daigo Fukuryumaru, or #5 Lucky Dragon, and American efforts to force nuclear power upon the Japanese […]

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Bringing The Focus Back On Life

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster opened the door to see how this is not merely a Japanese crisis. It is a crisis that transcends geography and time. We traced the roots of this crisis back 60-years to the fishing boat Daigo Fukuryumaru, or #5 Lucky Dragon, and American efforts to force nuclear power upon the Japanese […]

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The Hottest Particle

Three years ago, Fairewinds was one of the first organizations to talk about “hot particles” that are scattered all over Japan and North America’s west coast. Hot particles are dangerous and difficult to detect. In this video Mr. Kaltofen discusses the hottest hot particle he has ever found, and it was discovered more than 300 […]

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The Hottest Particle

Three years ago, Fairewinds was one of the first organizations to talk about “hot particles” that are scattered all over Japan and North America’s west coast. Hot particles are dangerous and difficult to detect. In this video Mr. Kaltofen discusses the hottest hot particle he has ever found, and it was discovered more than 300 […]

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Arnie Gundersen on Al Jazeera Discussing Fukushima Anniversary

Today on Fairewinds’ Film series Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses the ongoing struggle for the people impacted by the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi disaster in his recent interview on Al Jazeera USA. LISTEN Transcript NWJ: Today on Fairewinds Film Series, Fairewinds Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discusses the ongoing struggle for the people impacted by the […]

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Arnie Gundersen on Al Jazeera Discussing Fukushima Anniversary

Today on Fairewinds’ Film series Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses the ongoing struggle for the people impacted by the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi disaster in his recent interview on Al Jazeera USA. LISTEN Transcript NWJ: Today on Fairewinds Film Series, Fairewinds Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discusses the ongoing struggle for the people impacted by the […]

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Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

As the three year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi just passed, our minds have been on the health of the Japanese people, in particular the children. This week’s film is a reissue of a film we released last year featuring Ian Goddard and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discussing the risk of cancer in […]

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Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

As the three year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi just passed, our minds have been on the health of the Japanese people, in particular the children. This week’s film is a reissue of a film we released last year featuring Ian Goddard and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discussing the risk of cancer in […]

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Nuclear Power: Their Profits; Our Risks

During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site […]

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Nuclear Power: Their Profits; Our Risks

During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site […]

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What’s Leaking From the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Program

Located near Carlsbad, New Mexico this Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste dump is experimental Attempting to store leftover radioactive plutonium and americium from the U.S. weapons program. On February 14, 2014 there was a nuclear safety failure at the site and the Department of Energy is not being honest about it. In this movie […]

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What’s Leaking From the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Program

Located near Carlsbad, New Mexico this Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear waste dump is experimental Attempting to store leftover radioactive plutonium and americium from the U.S. weapons program. On February 14, 2014 there was a nuclear safety failure at the site and the Department of Energy is not being honest about it. In this movie […]

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Scientists detect highest cesium levels in a year in #Fukushima

via The Asahi Shimbum / July 8, 2013 / Radioactive cesium levels found in moss on a rooftop in downtown Fukushima exceeded 1.7 million becquerels, the highest levels detected in a year, researchers said. Ryoji Enomoto, an associate professor at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, who led the team, said radioactive cesium levels were unusually high in the samples collected. The city is located more than … Continue reading

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Japanese Govt. gives up on #Fukushima Pref. decontamination efforts

via Nuclear-News.net / June 4th, 2013 / Government officials held a meeting in Tamura-city in Fukushima prefecture to explain to residents that they need to look after themselves from now on. Originally they were aiming to reduce the level of contamination down to 0.23uSv/h (=added ionizing radiation 1mSv/y). However they have now abandoned this aim and are not going to repeat any more decontamination. The officials have suggested to residents … Continue reading

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TEPCO Intends to Restart Reactors Elsewhere

via NY Times / June 3rd, 2013 / The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Tuesday that it would ask regulators to allow it to restart two reactors at a separate site in eastern Japan, even as problems with the company’s cleanup in Fukushima continue to multiply. The request by the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is expected to be among a flurry of such … Continue reading

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#Fukushima waste incinerator takes shape

via World Nuclear News / July 2nd, 2013 / Construction of an incinerator is underway at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to burn the low-level waste (LLW) being generated from the clean-up and decommissioning of the site. The 3170-square-metre facility is expected to begin operating between September 2014 and March 2015. It will be used to reduce the volume of LLW – including such things as clothing, gloves and building materials … Continue reading

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Opinion: We cannot allow return to nuclear power without proper debate

via Asahi Shimbun / July 2nd, 2013 / POINT OF VIEW by Hirohito Ono / The run-up to July’s Upper House election will likely focus on the economy and foreign policy issues, but one topic that must be discussed is the Abe administration’s nuclear energy policy. In its platform for the December Lower House election, the Liberal Democratic Party said it “would seek the establishment of an economic and social … Continue reading

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Japan made secret promise with U.S. to restart pluthermal nuclear program

via The Mainichi / July 1, 2013 / A Japanese prime ministerial envoy secretly promised to the United States that Japan would resume its controversial “pluthermal” program, using light-water reactors to burn plutonium, according to documents obtained by the Mainichi. The secret promise was made by Hiroshi Ogushi, then parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office, to Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, during Ogushi’s visit to … Continue reading

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Toxic groundwater found in Fukushima No. 1 well just 6 meters from Pacific

via Japan Times / June 30, 2013 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has detected high levels of radioactive substances, including strontium, emitting beta rays in groundwater taken from a well at the port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Tepco said 3,000 becquerels of radioactive substances per liter were recorded in groundwater from the well, located just 6 meters from the Pacific. That concentration is 100 … Continue reading

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New map of radioactive iodine released from Fukushima Daiichi

via Enformable.com / June 28, 2013 / The American Health Physics Society released a map which shows how far radioactive iodine spread in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The map was generated by researchers from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the United States Department of Energy after they analyzed radiation data that had been gathered jointly between April 2nd and 3rd of 2011. The map records … Continue reading

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First MOX shipment since Fukushima disaster arrives in Fukui

via Japan Times / June 27, 2013 / Japan’s first shipment of mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel since the Fukushima nuclear crisis broke out in March 2011 arrived early Thursday at the Sea of Japan port of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture. But the fuel, which took more than two months to get here from France and is scheduled to be used in reactor 3 of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s power plant … Continue reading

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