Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the recent developments at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors as well as the possible restart of more atomic reactors in Japan were the topics of discussion when Nuclear Free Future host Margaret Harrington invited Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Program Researcher Ben Shulman-Reed to join her on the CCTV program. Margaret Harrington, Ben, and Arnie also discussed the significant discrepancies between government sources for data and independent scientific research regarding all three nuclear meltdowns. Watch the full interview here.

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Today’s Chicagoland press accounts of the arrest of two alleged ISIS supporters — Yusuf Abdulhaqq and Schimento – aka Abdul Wali – show the pair holding the ISIS flag while standing in front of the “Welcome” sign for Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. What is perhaps most disturbing is what is NOT being … Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT Alleged Zion-ISIS Terrorists a Nuclear Wake Up Call — We Hope …read moreRead More

Arnie Gundersen appeared on a NIRS Tele-briefing to discuss the disasters at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi, as well as the the myths of atomic energy, his own personal experiences with each disaster, and answers questions from members of the public in this enlightening segment.


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TJ: Okay, welcome everyone. Thank you for joining us for this national telebriefing: Season of Nuclear Disaster: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima – with Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education. I am Tim Judson, the Executive Director of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and I’ll be your host tonight. This briefing was supposed to be hosted by my colleague, Mary Olsen, who is the southeast office Director, who had the benefit of spending a month last year touring Fukushima with Arnie and meeting with victims, residents and refugees. Unfortunately, Mary is under the weather tonight and was not able to make it. So you got the short end of the stick with me. But we are pleased that so many of you could be here tonight. This is our fourth year of providing these national and international quarterly briefings to provide people in the U.S. and around with the world with in-depth information on urgent issues relating to nuclear power, sustainable energy, radioactive waste and the public health risks of radiation. NIRS’s quarterly briefings are all open to the public for anyone to attend, and while we primarily invite people to attend these briefings through our email list of supporters and our followers on social media, we encourage you to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested in the topics that we cover. For those of you not familiar with NIRS, we’re the primary national information and resource center for the anti-nuclear and safe energy movement in the U.S. since 1978. For 38 years – 39 years, we have worked to end the use of nuclear power in the United States and for technically sound, environmentally just and publically acceptable solutions for radioactive waste. We provide support to grass roots activists and local campaigns and we serve as a watchdog in Washington, D.C., leading campaigns on national policy issues such as the Chernobyl Bill and taxpayer subsidies to build new nuclear reactors. But to be successful, we need your support, both in taking action and on the issues and just as importantly, in whatever financial support you can provide to our work. And you can make a donation to NIRS on our website at or through the mail or any other means that you’re comfortable with. If you feel NIRS’ work is important, please consider making a contribution. So on to our program. We decided to call this program The Season of Disaster both because of the almost eerie coincidence that the three most well-known nuclear disasters of our time – Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, occurred around the …read moreRead More


The following list compiles several books hat we highly recommend you read if you are interested in learning more about the Chernobyl disaster. All the books are linked to a website where you can read reviews or purchase the books.

Chernobyl, 20 Years On: Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident European Committee on Radiation Risk, Eds. Busby & Yablokov, 2006 A collection of research by leading scientists on the continued health effects of Chernobyl, including many articles translated into English for the first time.

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment Yablokov, Nesterenko & Nesterenko, 2009 A brave and and comprehensive collection of research by Ukrainian scientists, available for free online.

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Svetlana Alexievich, 1997. Translation 2005 by Keith Gessen. Personal accounts of the Chernobyl tragedy by those who experienced it, from everyday citizens to firefighters to the clean up crew. Comprised of interviews in monologue form.

Pluto’s Realm Elena Filatova, 2008 Haunting and fascinating photos of Chernobyl today, with text by the photographer. “In the first years after the accident our motto was- ‘Lets Save Chernobyl!’ Now, everyone just says ‘Let the grass grow through it…’ ” We linked to the free online edition of this book, but it is also available on

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