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Powerful Presentations on Fukushima and Nuclear Power

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As for being "unevacuable," NRC evacuation plans are "fantasy" documents," said Nader. The U.S. advised Americans within 50 miles of Fukushima to evacuate. Some 20 million people live within 50 miles of the Indian Point plants and New Yorkers "can hardly get out" of the city during a normal rush hour." Nuclear power is "unfinancable," he said, depending on government fiscal support through tax dollars. And it is "unregulatable" with the NRC taking a "promotional attitude."   And, "above all it is undemocratic," said Nader, "a technology born in secrecy" which continues. Meanwhile, said Nader, "as the orders dry up in developed nations" for nuclear plants, the nuclear industry is pushing to build new plants in the developing world.

Also at the event in New York City, moderated by Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay and held at the 92nd Street Y, a segment of a new video documentary on nuclear power by Adam Salkin was screened. It showed Salkin in a boat going right in front of the Indian Point plants and it taking nearly five hours for a "security" boat from the plant to respond, and Salkin, the next day, in an airplane flying as low as 500 feet above the plants. The segment demonstrated that the nuclear plants on the Hudson are an easy target for terrorists and, it noted, what it showed was what "terrorists already know."

The San Onofre nuclear power plants were closed permanently three weeks after the June panel event--and after many years of intensive actions by nuclear opponents in California to shut down the plants, situated between San Diego and Los Angeles. The panel's appearances this week in New York City Tuesday and Boston Wednesday, titled "Fukushima--Ongoing Lessons for New York and Boston," are aimed at the same outcome occurring on the East Coast.

The forums are online. For links go to www.Facebook.com/FukushimaLessons

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Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up.

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