1. Remove VY Carcass - Veto SAFSTOR

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    Funded by a Lintilhac Foundation Grant, Fairewinds Energy Education has evaluated Entergy’s plan to use the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sanctioned SAFSTOR process to decommission Vermont Yankee. Developed by the NRC, SAFSTOR is a subsidy that benefits nuclear power plant owners like Entergy by providing them with a 60-year window to decommission nuclear plants. Entergy’s Vermont Yankee plant permanently ended operations December 29, 2014. Since its shutdown date, Vermont Yankee has continued to be newsworthy with the recent discovery of Strontium-90 leaks in at least four different test wells on the nuclear plant site. Stronitum-90 readily attaches itself to water, is extremely toxic, and has a direct link to leukemia and a host of other cancers. The NRC met with Vermonters in Brattleboro on February 19 to discuss Entergy’s Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report with the public. Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen used the five minutes allotted to him by the NRC to distill 42-years of nuclear power expertise down to one main conclusion: the decommissioning and dismantlement of Vermont Yankee cannot wait. Letting SAFSTOR leave the carcass of Vermont Yankee on the banks of the Connecticut River for 60 years is not the answer for Vermonters. The money exists for Entergy to protect workers and to completely clean up its toxic mess by 2032.

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    • A Cheaper Way to Save

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      What would you rather do, spend billions of dollars to build a new nuclear power plant and deal with its radioactive waste for thousands of years or install double pane or triple pane windows and extra insulation in order to save money and power during your lifetime? Energy and Efficiency Conservation Expert Elizabeth Chant joined Fairewinds Energy Education chief engineer Arnie Gundersen, to inform Fairewinds’ viewers of A Cheaper Way to Save. Employed as a principal consultant for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), Elizabeth has worked in the energy industry for 20 years. In this video, Elizabeth Chant helps Fairewinds viewers understand how energy efficiency coupled with investment incentives can help to change the energy paradigm around the US. VEIC’s mission of reducing energy costs for consumers, particularly low-income consumers and the entities that help them, has not changed since its inception 30-years ago. Utilities are realizing that they need to shift their energy efficiency focus from commercial businesses and remodeling high end homes to low income groups and our country’s stock of older buildings and houses. Elizabeth noted that conservation is an attitude: it’s turning off all the lights before leaving home. Meanwhile, energy efficiency is making sure you invest in smart energy using devices, like energy smart washers and dryers. Choosing to rehab an older home with double or triple pane windows is a cheaper way to save on energy costs in the long run that lasts for years to come. As Elizabeth lays it all out for us, we also learn that being energy efficient creates more green jobs and why conservation of energy is a smart national trend.

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      • Vermont Yankee Post Mortem

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        The Vermont Yankee shutdown means the plant must be safely decommissioned. With full fuel pools, we hope Vermont Yankee rests in peace, not in pieces like Fukushima Daiichi. In this video, CCTV Nuclear Free Future Host Margaret Harrington discusses the economic, environmental, health and safety implications the recent closing of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant with Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer of Fairewinds Energy Education. . Entergy first applied to relicense VY in January 2006 beginning increased oversight by the public, the state, and frontline activists until its permanent shutdown December 29, 2014. Arnie and Kevin look at the huge costs Entergy would have incurred to keep the aging plant operating with safety modifications required since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi as well as other necessary aging reactor upgrades. With VY’s shutdown, environmentalists hope that the diminished wild life in the Connecticut River, specifically shad fish will rebound now that the thermal pollution will have ended.. What’s next for Vermont Yankee? Safe decommissioning and safe clean up of the plant by owner, Entergy. State supervision to make assure that Entergy continues to protect the people and environment of Vermont is imperative. Entergy wants to take as many short cuts as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will allow including ending the emergency planning program for the neighboring residents of Vernon, Vermont. Entergy has asked for special exemption simply to avoid spending money on the current evacuation plan even though irradiated fuel from storage pools will be shifted and moved around. Another example of increasing risk to the public is evident at the San Onofre nuclear site where owner Southern California Edison let go of security guard forces before any approval by the NRC. From Vermont Yankee’s shut down, Arnie and Kevin express the optimism and hope of a new trend for aging nuclear reactors and impress upon us the responsibility to hold Entergy to a safe and thorough clean up.

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        • Nuclear Crack Down

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          Did you know that embrittled nuclear reactors could shatter like glass? Watch Fairewinds Energy Education’s Nuclear Science Guy Arnie Gundersen demonstrate reactor embrittlement and imagine the shattering glass as a shattering nuclear reactor vessel. What makes embrittlement so dangerous and frightening is that during an emergency when the reactor must be cooled down quickly, the rush of cold water necessary to cool it could create a scenario that looks like the one in our video. You will only see steam escaping in our video, but in an embrittled shattering reactor vessel, that steam would be highly radioactive. Aging nuclear reactors around the globe are subject to this steel embrittlement that is a measure of how prone the steel reactor vessel is to cracking. The metamorphous of the strong steel vessel into something as brittle and fragile as glass is due to the constant neutron bombardment from the chain reaction inside the nuclear core. While several U.S. nuclear reactor vessels are showing early signs of embrittlement, Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant is the most embrittled plant in the country. Located in Covert, Michigan, it is one of the oldest reactors in the world and now one of the most dangerous to continue operating due to its embrittled reactor vessel. Palisades owner, Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. is attempting to take advantage of a 2010 regulatory change that allows embrittled nuclear plants to operate longer by analyzing the problem mathematically, rather than actually testing the material to accurately determine its strength. In the interest of nuclear safety, the Palisades reactor and all the aging reactors throughout the world should continue to be subjected to actual material testing just as they were originally designed to be.

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          • We Need Your Help!

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            First of all, thank you for your support of Fairewinds Energy Education. Our Crew works diligently to provide the most up to date factual nuclear safety information as we speak truth to power. Fairewinds shares the belief that everyone has the right to learn about personal health and safety issues. Our worldwide community of listeners and viewers totals almost 11 million people who are seeking the safest, most economical, and truly environmentally compatible sources of electric generation and transmission. Using videos, podcasts, and witty memes, the Fairewinds Crew enjoys finding new ways to bring our viewers up to speed on the constantly active regulatory, operational, and waste issues impacting the safe operations of nuclear plants in both the U.S. and throughout the world. None of our work would be possible without the financial support of our audience. 2014 has been an exciting year for the Fairewinds Crew. From conducting interviews with international energy consultants to our continuing coverage of the ongoing catastrophe of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown, Fairewinds Energy Education has spent 2014 educating the world on safe and economic energy production.

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            • Arnie Gundersen interviews Mycle Schneider

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              France has been a world leader in nuclear power, deriving almost 80% of its produced electricity from nuclear reactors. Following the 1974 oil shock, France embraced nuclear power by building 58 nuclear reactors in an effort to be energy self-sufficient. Where do the French see themselves as energy consumers and producers today and what is the future trend for the French after a 40 year investment in production of nuclear power? From one expert to another, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education interviews independent international energy and nuclear policy consultant Mycle Schneider to get the scoop on the French nuclear scene. A resident of Paris, Mycle has provided nuclear energy consulting services to countless international institutions, governments and NGOs. In an informative Q and A, Arnie and Mycle debunk the perfected nuclear power fantasy and expose the French réalité. Video chat technology courtesy of Skype and Call Recorder.

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              • At the WAVE Conference - Arnie Gundersen's Presentation

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                Is nuclear power a sustainable or safe solution to ongoing energy demands around the world? Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen was invited to speak in August at the WAVE conference sponsored by Life Chiropractic College West. More than 1600 chiropractors attended the conference near San Francisco, California to hear speakers like Arnie Gundersen and Erin Brockovich talk about speaking truth to power. Leading chiropractic educators were also joined by mind-body experts including Larry Dossey, MD, a leading proponent of the power of intention to heal; epigenetics pioneer Bruce Lipton, PhD; and Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field; as well as ADHD Nation author Alan Schwarz. Arnie spoke about the four problems that will be created worldwide by building more nuclear plants. As you will see in the video, Arnie is using the iPad app Keynote for his TED-like presentation.

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                • Fukushima The Battle to Contain Radioactivity

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                  Japan has set out to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It's expected to take up to 40 years and the cost will be staggering. Also, strong radiation presents a serious obstacle. The government and Tokyo Electric Power Company are trying to learn from past nuclear plant accidents in Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. What challenges are in store for Japan? In this first episode, we'll look into the never-ending struggle to contain radioactivity.

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                  • Nuclear Free Future: Nuclear Industry Profit Before Nuclear Safety

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                    Using Vermont Yankee as an example, host Margaret Harrington speaks with Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education about the nuclear industry lack of responsibility for emergency planning once a reactor is closed, even though safety risks remain. They also discuss Price-Anderson Insurance, spent fuel pools, decommissioning funds, and the next taxpayer subsidy gimmicks. www.fairewinds.org

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                    • Arnie Gundersen on Al Jazeera Discussing Fukushima Anniverary

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                      Today on Fairewinds' Film series Fairewinds' Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses the ongoing struggle for the people impacted by the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi disaster in his recent interview on Al Jazeera USA

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