Nuclear New Orleans: Another Fukushima?
Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education spells out the dangers.
This Week’s SPECIAL Interviews:
Following the devastation to New Orleans by Hurricane Ida, mainstream media has failed to cover the situation at the Waterford nuclear facility only 25 miles west of the city. The facility is shut down, without grid power, and currently cooling the reactor with emergency back-up generators.
But is this enough? Will the fuel last long enough? Does this emergency system have enough “juice” to do its job until grid power is restored? And what is the exact nature of the other problems this nuclear reactor is facing in the days, weeks, even months ahead?
We talked with three of our most reliable sources to learn the extent of what we might be facing:
- Arnie Gundersen is a nuclear engineer and expert witness who serves as the chief engineer for Fairewinds Associates, Inc, a paralegal services and expert testimony firm, as well as a member of Fairewinds Energy Education’s Board of Directors.
- Maggie Gundersen is a journalist, paralegal, and former atomic power industry spokesperson who founded Fairewinds in 2008. She is the president of Fairewinds Energy Education as well as a member of the Board of Directors.
- Nancy Foust is Communications Manager & Research Team Member SimplyInfo.org, a not-for-profit research collective that holds and manages the world’s largest public archive of data on the Fukushima disaster. She has been following Hurricane Ida’s progress and damages from the first, and here provides a clear overview of the current situation as of the time of our talk, noon Pacific time on Monday, August 30.
Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):
Los Alamos National Laboratory threatening to “nuke” any drones that fly into its air space. I guess they’ve been following how Greenpeace used drones to prove that nuclear facilities in Europe are not secure.