One Year After Fukushima, Nuclear Dangers in Wisconsin - Madison

Event Dates: 
03/12/12

Monday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. in room 300 SE of the state Capitol - One Year After Fukushima, Nuclear Dangers in Wisconsin: State's water supply, farmland at risk as lessons from Japan's tragedy go unheeded

On Monday, March 12, national experts and local advocates will mark the first anniversary of Japan's nuclear disaster, with a briefing on the safety and public health threats posed by nuclear reactors in Wisconsin.  Speakers at the 12:30 pm briefing in room 300SE of the state Capitol will include:

  • Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy;
  • John Kinsman, President of Family Farm Defenders;
  • Scott Thompson, Clean Energy Associate at Wisconsin Environment; and
  • Drew Lehmann, Program Associate with WISPIRG.

Nuclear reactors pose serious risks to the environment and to human health.  This was made tragically clear one year ago when a tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in Japan, triggering multiple meltdowns and major releases of radioactivity.  A Nuclear Regulatory Commission task force studied the safety of U.S. nuclear reactors in the days following the disaster.  Yet, the NRC waited until just before the Fukushima anniversary to begin action on a few of the recommendations.  Worse, reactor owners won't be required to take action to protect local communities until December 2016.

The March 12 issue briefing is free and open to the public.  It was organized by the Carbon Free, Nuclear Free Wisconsin coalition, Clean Wisconsin, Family Farm Defenders, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, Nukewatch, Physicians for Social Responsibility WI, Sierra Club John Muir Chapter, WI Network for Peace and Justice, WI Resources Protection Council, Wisconsin Environment, and WISPIRG.

For more info, contact diane@wnpj.org or (608)250-9240