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Congressional Briefing on Nuclear Power
September 20, 2012
Washington, District of Columbia
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room number 121
Congressional Briefing being run by Coalition Against Nukes, featuring PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD, speaking about the medical effects of nuclear power.
This briefing has several aims:
- Focus attention on the medical effects of radiation exposure.
- Call for the phase out of nuclear power beginning with the rapid closure of Mark I and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the US, in concert with plans to meet our energy needs through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy sources. We also call for the decommissioning of any reactors with serious glaring concerns or located in a seismic/tsunami prone area.
- Heighten the focus on the continuing catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan and especially in regards to spent fuel pool in the number 4 reactor which will hopefully still be intact by September. This briefing will include medical testimony on the effects of radiation from Dr. Catherine Thomasson of Physicians for Social Responsibility (confirmed), testimony from Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (confirmed) on the relationship of nuclear weapons to nuclear power, testimony on the state of our decrepit nuclear fleet in the United States from Michael Mariotte of NIRS (confirmed) and testimony from Beyond Nuclear‘s Paul Gunter (confirmed) on the Freeze Our Fukushima’s campaign and why it is imperative that we immediately close all of our dangerous GE Mark 1 and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the United States. Arne Gundersen will give testimony on the Fukushima catastrophe and reactor #4.
We need to mobilize the grassroots to lobby their congress people to attend with letters and phone calls from now until then. C.A.N. will send a formal letter of invitation to all congressional members. Dennis Kucinich, whose office reserved the room will send a dear colleagues letter closer to the event.
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