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Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for New York

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When:
October 8, 2013: 8:30AM to 1:00PM
Where:
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY map
To Attend:
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Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay will moderate an important discussion with a distinguished panel about the lessons for Indian Point we should learn from the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Indian Point sits about 35 miles from Midtown Manhattan, and Riverkeeper has been a leading advocate for its closure, based on ongoing environmental impacts to fish and radioactive leaks, vulnerability to corrosion and terrorism, inadequate fire and safety protections, an unworkable evacuation plan, and more. Some 20 million Americans live within 50 miles of Indian Point.

Speakers include Ralph Nader, political activist, author, lecturer and attorney; Naoto Kan, the former Japanese Prime Minister; Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer and analyst for Fairewinds Associates; and Peter Bradford, former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jaczko was the Chairman of the NRC during the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear crisis that persists to this day. 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 years.

Earlier this year on June 4, 2013, Jaczko, Bradford and Gundersen 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.

Registration: There is no fee for the seminar, however donations to offset speakers’ travel and other expenses are greatly appreciated, payable to the Samuel Lawrence Foundation: samuellawrencefoundation.org . In order to facilitate registration at the event, please pre-register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FukushimaLessonsforNY

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