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Arnold Gundersen with another Fukushima report as radiation levels rise in Japan


Arnie Gundersen


This week, Dr. Caldicott once again chats with Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant with Fairewinds Associates, about the ongoing situation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. As background for today’s program, read the recent news articles Nuclear Expert Cites New Concerns about Westinghouse Reactor Design Based on Fukushima Disaster and Women Fight to Save Fukushima’s Children. Read the Fairewinds
report released November 2011, Fukushima and the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000. Read the article, Nuclear Revival is Ruining Climate Protection Efforts and Harming Customers, says Watchdog Group and the accompanying report by NC Warn, New Nuclear Power is Ruining Climate Protection Efforts and Harming Customers. Also read the November 12 New York Times article Devastation at Japan Site, Seen Up Close.

5 Responses to “Arnold Gundersen with another Fukushima report as radiation levels rise in Japan”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Arnie is one of the few but growing number of Professionals that are speaking out against this Japanese Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster…

    We need many others to hold TEPCO and the Japanese Gov’t accountable!

  2. William Bibb Says:

    Thanks for the good work!

    What would we do without brave souls who will stand up to this powerful lobby?

    Two experts, one in medicine and one in nuclear engineering, lay bare the secrets that the industry and government do not want you know.

    The conduct in covering up the truth rings out. It is time to have the truth out.

    Thanks again.

  3. Gary Headrick Says:

    “My God” are the only words that come to mind and I’m not even religious. I was convinced I need to do everything in my power to close San Onofre and hope it has a domino effect before I listened to this. Now I’m even more convinced. Not doing everything possible would be worse by far than not speaking out for a little boy getting raped by his coach. As difficult as it is to hear news like that, it is nothing compared to the news hiding these dirtiest of secrets. This is immoral by any standards. We must spread this information far and wide to counteract the radiation and prevent whatever future disasters we can while we can. Sorry, Arnie, but as much as I value your opinion, I can’t see letting old plants like ours run out their 40 year lifespans. They have to shut down ASAP and put the waste in dry casks at the very least. Especially in our situation, with over-sized faults and underestimated design basis in easy range of more than 8.5M people. We can’t wait to see if the long overdue earthquake comes before the closure. We’ve been warned. We’ve seen the act first hand and we must do what is right. It is our moral obligation.

    Thanks for all that you both do. I’m passing this along to as many as I can reach and hope they listen to it. You deserve much praise and sufficient compensation to do the work you do. I wish I had a few billion dollars for you to buy a news station but I’m hardly getting by myself.
    I hope you will get the support you need.

    With much gratitude and hope,
    Gary Headrick

  4. Corina Vaida Says:


    You guys deserve a Nobel prize.
    Thank you and please keep up the good work!

  5. Dennis Riches Says:

    It was interesting that Arnie argued for the feasibility of a wider evacuation by mentioning the evacuation of children from London during WWII. A better example would be the evacuation of children from Tokyo during the time of B52 raids late in WWII. The Japanese were able to do it then when their resources were tapped out after a long war, so why can’t they do it now for a small provincial city like Fukushima? Too bad radiation is not more of a tangible threat to the human senses. Then again, it might have something to do with the number of outstanding mortgages that the banks don’t want to forgive for families that have to leave. I suspect this wasn’t a factor when the Soviets had to get people out of Pripyat.