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Radio New Internationalist - The Dirt on Nuclear

It used to be that 'No way!'; and nuclear belonged in the same sentence. But as the international community scrambles for solutions to address the problems associated with climate change, now we're being told that nuclear energy is clean and green. Pacific commentator and campaigner Nic Maclellan joins today's team to dish up the very extensive pile of dirt on the nuclear alternative: the problems of waste that won't go away; the world-wide radioactive fallout from operational plants to date; and the sacrifice zones that have already displaced agriculture and people.

  • When the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in the Ukraine exploded in April 1986, eight tons of radioactive ash vomited into the air. Now - 21 years since that disaster - Japanese doctor and radiobiologist Katsumi Furitsu tracks the damage across Europe to Japan.  
  • Rebecca Johnson reports on people power - from the picket line at the Faslane 365 Blockade of the Trident nuclear missile base in the United Kingdom to the recent Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Conference in Vienna.
  • Corazon Valdez Fabros - the Secretary-General of the Nuclear Free Philippines Coalition - explains the coalition of 130 organizations that spearheaded a successful campaign against the operation of the first and only nuclear power plant in the Philippines - Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

You'll also hear the CD Songs of the Volcano - performed by Bob Brozman and Papua New Guinea's Rabaul Stringband . It's a fitting choice following the description by Cora Fabros of how Westinghouse built a nuclear plant on the side of a volcano!

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