Glenn Carroll on the urgency of fighting new nuclear power plants in Georgia
This week, Dr. Caldicott interviews long-time antinuclear activist Glenn Carroll, coordinator of Nuclear Watch South, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Carroll has been committed to grass roots direct action for 25 years, ever since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in Russia inspired her to join efforts to stop Vogtle 1 and 2, a nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. With a small group of volunteers, Carroll led Nuclear Watch South to shut the research reactor on the Georgia Tech campus in downtown Atlanta where the Olympic athletes were to be housed. She is the 2008 recipient of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehmann award. In this conversation with Dr. Caldicott, Carroll explains the danger posed by the third and fourth reactors approved for construction at the Vogtle facility, and how utility company Georgia Power and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are overriding concerns about the environment and human health in order to built the first new nuclear power plants in the U.S. in several decades. Be sure to watch a 2010 segment on Democracy Now featuring Carroll, Anti-Nuclear Activists Mobilize to Oppose Obama-Funded Construction of Georgia Nuke Plants. Read more about reasons to oppose new nuclear plants at Vogtle. Check out the April 2012 article Fate of Japan and the Whole World Depends on No. 4 Reactor which quotes Robert Alvarez, an earlier guest on If You Love This Planet.