Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) doesn’t care for nuclear engineer/whistleblower Arnie Gundersen, seen here speaking on Three Mile Island Accident Reconsidered
on March 27, 2019 (video link below)
This Week’s Featured Interview:
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff and management don’t like whistleblowers, and somebody who probably ranks as their least favorite one is this week’s Nuclear Hotseat guest. Arnie Gundersen is a former nuclear industry executive and nuclear engineer with more than 44 years of nuclear industry experience. He became a whistleblower in 1990. Gundersen has written dozens of expert reports for non-government organizations and the state of Vermont. His curriculum vitae shows Gundersen is a licensed Critical Facility Reactor Operator from 1971-1972. He is Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education.
In this extended interview with Nuclear Hotseat Producer/Host Libbe HaLevy, Gundersen goes into his history as a nuclear industry insider, the consequences of his bringing safety considerations to the attention of his boss, and the personal and professional “fallout” that resulted from his standing up for the truth. Included is Arnie’s update on what can be shared thus far about the Woolsey Fire at the Santa Susana Field Lab and the challenges faced in trying to learn more from ash and soil samples.
- CNN video of Arnie Gundersen’s presentation during the 40th anniversary of TMI: Three Mile Island Accident Reconsidered – March 27, 2019:
- PETITION: Demand the presidential candidates oppose the first use of nuclear weapons – petition from WinWithoutWar.org. Add your name to demand a public commitment from every 2020 presidential candidate to institute a policy against the first use of nuclear weapons if elected president.
Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):
It’s easy to use scatalogical terms for highly radioactive nuclear waste — but what happens when that turns out to be the literal problem?