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"A Hard Look At The Pitfalls and Dangers of Nuclear Power"
Jan 26, 2012
"A Hard Look At The Pitfalls and Dangers of Nuclear Power" is the title of a BCC FORUM by Hattie Nestel. It will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Room 111 of the Koussevitzky Arts Center.

While citizens around the world are increasingly concerned about how to rid the global economy's addiction to fossil fuels, the role of nuclear power in our energy future is still controversial. Many people, however, now question the safety of nuclear power after the recent disaster at the Fukushima reactor in Japan. They wonder if the U.S. should invest $36 billion in new nuclear power plants and extend the life of aging reactors, including those like Vermont Yankee with the same design as the Fukushima reactors. Should our country consider other alternatives? This FORUM will raise these questions and provide a discussion of the impact of the continuous radiation pollution from nuclear power plants and the risk of a core reactor meltdown.

Hattie Nestel will also address the growing movement to close Vermont Yankee. The State of Vermont had said that the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is not so far from this area, had to close down by March 21, 2012. However, a federal judge recently rejected that action.

Nestle is a long-time safe energy activist who has worked for decades opposing nuclear weapons and war, and has been arrested several times for engaging in civil disobedience in the region's campaign to close Vermont Yankee and support safe and green energy options instead.

All FORUM programs are free and open to the public.


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