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Disaster Preparedness: In the Wake of Fukushima
February 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 South Garfield (corner of 55th Street & Garfield/parking available)
Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended: contact H.OB.firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 120 million Americans live within 50 miles of an aging
nuclear power reactor. History has shown – most recently with the
Fukushima disaster in Japan – that accidents happen. We have 23
reactors of the same design in this country – the GE Mark I boiling
water reactor. Four of them are in Illinois: two at Quad Cities and two
at Dresden in Morris.
Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, Past President of Physicians for Social
Responsibility, will address potential impacts on public health and
safety of a nuclear Illinois, in the wake of Fukushima.
- Illinois has more nuclear power reactors than any other state.
- Three of Exelon’s seven nuclear power plants in Illinois have a history
of leaking millions of gallons of radioactive tritium, often without
notice to the public.
- Illinois has a high-level radioactive waste
storage dump – the GE Morris Operation, which holds 772 tons of high
level nuclear waste.
- In 2007, Illinois made the ‘short list’ for
siting a reprocessing facility, intended to accept highly radioactive
“spent” plutonium fuel rods from the nation’s 104 reactors and waste
from foreign countries.
What are the risks of nuclear waste transport and storage in our communities? It is important to
note that women and children are at greater risk. If you are
interested in an in-depth discussion of this subject by an outstanding
authority, join us for an AAUW Public Policy Program.
Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at
the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in
Madison, WI, where he maintains an active family practice. He is an
expert on the medical effects of radiation.