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The Future after Fukushima

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peter Bradford, a former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines what the future may hold for the U.S. nuclear industry and its spent fuel and discusses the continuing efforts to cool the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Comments [2]

Dave

I find it amazing that Peter Bradford, a former member of the NRC and a board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, does not know that Indian Point was designed to withstand an earthquake 100 times the magnitude of the strongest earthquake that has occured in the area. Another subject that the former NRC member failed to discuss was the fact that the NRC issued a report last week which explained that "subduction zone" earthquakes are required to produce the kind of massive tsunami seen in Japan, and that no such subduction zones exist off the east coast of the United States. Since the Union of Concerned Scientists has been trying to shut down Indian point for many years I suggest you invite an unbiased "expert" to your show the next time.

Mar. 22 2011 12:58 PM
Estelle

I've heard on NPR news reports that it was the electrical outage that led to the nuclear plant disaster---the water system was dependent on electricity.
It scares me that we depend more and more on the electrical grid, even as we try to come up with more environmentally-friendly energy alternatives, like electric cars.
After living through two NYC blackouts in only 14 years of living there, I don't understand why there isn't more alarm about increasing our dependence on the grid.
When my power goes out, I can't cook, heat/cool, preserve food, or even make a phone call (once my cell phone battery has died). Soon I won't be able to drive either. It's a terrible feeling. And it wasn't always this way.

Mar. 22 2011 12:25 PM

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