WCVE Forum: “Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima”
BURN: An Energy Journal takes a look at the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Among many stories, host Alex Chadwick conducts an interview with a deputy director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about behind-the-scenes goings-on during the early hours and days post-Fukushima — and next steps for nuclear plants in the United States.
The show also travels to Japan, where post-Fukushima, Japanese mothers’ concerns about radiation-contaminated food have turned them into activists. And in Germany, where the government plans to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022, BURN will visit the site of a controversial radioactive waste disposal facility.
Finally, Alex Chadwick conducts a first-time-ever interview with an American technical worker, on site at the Daiichi nuclear plant when the earthquake and tsunami struck.
Throughout the show, Alex will provide a clear explanation of how nuclear energy works, why this is such a difficult technology to develop and manage, and what new nuclear tech is on the horizon.
Join WCVE Public Radio on Sunday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. for WCVE Forum.
1.) Fukushima Witness: Carl Pillitteri is an American nuclear technician who was working inside Fukushima Daichii when the earthquake and tsunami hit. For the first time anywhere, he tells his story to BURN’s Alex Chadwick (video of part of the interview: Fukushima Witness on BURN: An Energy Journal).
2.) Marketplace — nine-minute Alex Chadwick/Carl Pillitteri interview
3.) Current feature article on Alex Chadwick and BURN
4.) The BURN website is up and contains audio, photos, podcasts, resources, blogs, and information on energy science and policy.