Lessons from Fukushima: is Ohio next? – Upcoming Forum

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Public Forum to be held on April 21, 2012

Free and Open to the Public
10:15am – 5:30pm, Auditorium (full schedule of the day’s events below)
Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH

A year has passed since the March 11, 2011 multiple disasters in Japan but many questions remain unanswered.

What really happened at Fukushima?
Is the danger over?
Will this affect nuclear power generation in the U.S.?
Is Ohio next?

The Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors were GE-made, Mark I-type reactors. Twenty-three Mark I reactors are still in operation in the USA.

Antioch University Midwest is sponsoring a daylong public forum at its Yellow Springs campus on Saturday, April 21st. Held in conjunction with Earth Day, this forum will explore the many dimensions of the Fukushima nuclear disaster with experts in the field. Special focus will be placed on the implications of Fukushima for the future of nuclear power generation in Ohio where two nuclear plants are currently in operation with the possible construction of a third facility in Piketon, OH.

Please join the dialogue.

For more information, contact Professor Brian Victoria at: 937-769-1012 or bvictoria@antioch.edu

Schedule of the Day’s Events

10:15-11:15 - How Did Nuclear Power Generation Begin?

Screen “A Is For Atom,” a 56 minute BBC documentary revealing the history of atomic power beginning with its roots in the atomic bomb and extending through the major nuclear power accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. This powerful film sets the stage for contemporary developments and reveals how fraud and deception, plus high risk due to accidents, have been an integral part of the nuclear power industry from its inception in the 1950s.

11:30-12:15 – Followed by a faculty-led discussion

12:15-1:20- Lunch Break – Light lunch available free of charge

1:30-2:00Nuclear Power Generation in Japan & U.S. Role in the Fukushima Disaster

Brian Victoria, Professor of Japanese Studies at Antioch University and post-disaster visitor to Japan, will briefly introduce the history of nuclear energy production in Japan including the complicity of both the U.S. government and G.E. in the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Q&A will take place at the conclusion of the following session.

2:15-3:30 - What Really Happened at Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan?

A presentation by Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog for the NGO Beyond Nuclear. Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Kevin, who visited Japan just prior to the nuclear accident, will describe the events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear station and their relevance to the U.S., including Ohio. While focusing on the cause of the accident, he will also provide an update on the ongoing dangerous state of what is left of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Followed by Q&A.

3:45-4:45Nuclear Power in Ohio

Mark Shanahan, former energy advisor in the Strickland administration, will review the history of, and prospects for, nuclear energy generation in Ohio. Followed by Q&A.

5:00-5:30 - Concluding Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?

NOTE: Booths featuring materials related to nuclear power generation and alternate forms of energy will be available for browsing and discussion during the forum.

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