Gundersen: “I repeat, significant new material will be presented” at Fukushima symposium — Live stream starts Monday 9a ET

Published: March 9th, 2013 at 10:38 am ET


The ‘Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident’ begins Monday March 11th at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.

Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates writes in, “I am giving a major speech with new material at 9:45 on Monday March 11 and it will be live streamed.  I repeat, significant new material will be presented.” His speech is titled, ‘What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?’

See the schedule and impressive list of speakers here: Helen Caldicott Foundation’s Fukushima Symposium

Event begins at 9:00a ET on Monday, March 11, 2013. Live stream link here:

Published: March 9th, 2013 at 10:38 am ET


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24 comments to Gundersen: “I repeat, significant new material will be presented” at Fukushima symposium — Live stream starts Monday 9a ET

  • pure water

    ‘What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?’- Thanks a lot for this approach!

  • corium pudding corium pudding

    Wish I could be home to listen live.

    Has anyone else noticed that if you rearrange the letters of "Fukushima Daiichi" you get "If I had haiku music"?

    Anyone is invited to play music to this haiku poem:

    In Fukushima,
    The situation is vague
    TEPCO obfuscates.

  • Usefulbreather

    Dear Mr. Gunderson,

    If you see this comment, could you add one question to your list?
    When will they begin the work of fixing it?

    It has been two years. Not that I am unconcerned with who knew what and when, but I am more concerned with WHAT they are doing now to fix it or WHEN that work will begin…far more important pieces of information at this point in the disaster.

    I can't see focusing on your questions, unless you feel this will assist in the disaster recovery. The time for placing blame can come later. We all know they have been lying to us. Help us, Arnie, to create a timeline for some kind of effort to bury this under a mountain of Earth and concrete. Make a radical solution your primary focus and push for it instead of pointing fingers.

    Thank you for all that you and Fairewinds have done thus far in informing those of us that want to know the truth.

    • Usefulbreather

      What about something along the lines of using Tunnel Boring machines like those used to build D.U.M.B.S. and create a cavern beneath the site. Set a small sizable explosion to create a cave-in, and then bury the crater with tons of earth and cement? This could already have been accomplished within the last two years, but instead the situation worsens by the day.

      • m a x l i

        I am for finger pointing big time. If this problem is fixable, there are 7 billion people on this planet who can fix it. Here we have 1 person who will be about to shed some light on criminal, mass-murderous behaviour, and you have to single out that 1 person and criticise him for not fixing the problem. Here the question for your motives arises.

        >>>Set a small sizable explosion to create a cave-in<<<

        Here, you almost sound like you are one of those who think a tiny, neat nuclear detonation will fix every problem on earth.

    • We Not They Finally

      Denial apparently is not a river in Egypt. Nor is putting March 11, 2011 in the past and just moving forwards an option. Most of America still does not know that "cold shutdown" was a total lie because you cannot contain what is already long since out of containment and melted down! And the people who did this still have their whole international apparatus entirely in tact. The international criminals are STILL IN CHARGE, in case you hadn't noticed. And no, IT CANNOT BE FIXED. If you think it can just be "buried under Earth and concrete," then you are IN DENIAL YOURSELF. So instead of your morality show that may make denial easier for YOU, let EVERYTHING about this out into the open. Then maybe YOU can face reality instead of preaching to the rest of us. And so far as WHAT they are doing now to fix it, the answer is NOTHING, and WHEN the work will begin, is that they are CLUELESS and that they CANNOT FIX IT. But if you really think that tuning out from reality is an option, go do it. Just don't pontificate to the rest of us. Not helpful.

  • weeman

    I will be glued to my computer lets hope this brings some light to the subject and wakes the world up to the perils of nuclear power, nail them to the cross and let us dance around their graves.

    • We Not They Finally

      Unfortunately, it may be EVERYONE'S graves. We like to think that this is just a contest between good and evil, and let's root for good to win and evil to be vanquished. And OF COURSE the international nuclear cabal should be exposed, and people should be thrown in prison and toss away the key. But the people who did this could all be dead tomorrow and that would not still get the planetary chain of life UN-devastated. It's done. So now we need to educate ourselves, protect ourselves best we can, love one another, and believe that the worth of our lives goes way beyond this physical reality which is being so shattered.

  • We Not They Finally

    We have no way to contact her personally (though we've sent e-mails to pols who might), but Caroline Kennedy needs to tune into this. About 10 days back, Obama floated her name to be new Ambassador to Japan. He certainly would know better than to send his own First Daughters to that radioactive hell, so why is he suggesting that the Kennedy First Daughter go? We are outraged beyond livid. We voted for this man (the opponent would have been so much worse), but this is monstrous. And yes, apparently, there are well-to-do people as misinformed, and as much in denial, as anyone else. This is an EVERYONE issue, as the chain of life itself is being destroyed.

  • Sickputer

    Good luck Arnie…hope the next generation of the old nuke bosses who ruined your life 30 years ago get a payback.

    Don't forget to mention the poor logistics of mounting reactor buildings on a floating foundation and having the crucial adjacent turbine buildings on its own floating foundation.

    Seemed like a smart idea to the architects and might have been OK for small quakes. But the really big Japanese quake moved the buildings 8 feet vertically and 4 feet horizontally which crushed all the essential cooling pipeworks and electrical switches in between the two buildings.

    There was never a chance of restoring cooling paths to the damaged reactors to prevent the meltdowns. Bad engineering created in a bad industry. The two buildings needed to float on a common foundation. How many nuclear plants are just like this in the world? Quite a few. The next big disaster may be in America.

    • Sickputer

      The voices of workers are also powerful testimony to use as evidence of the outrageous dangers of nuclear power:

      “Ono,” Fukushima worker

      "The ground swayed greatly from side to side, and soon after, it started shaking laterally and vertically before we realized what was actually happening. It was a huge sway, which I had never imagined, and continued for a long time."

      {SP: The ground moved laterally 8 feet and nearly 3 feet vertically at Fukushima crushing crucial pipes for cooling and electronics need to operate safety procedures}.

      "No one imagined that the cooling system would be inoperable, at least around me…There are backups, which also have their backups. We never thought that all of those double or triple backup systems would become unusable. …

      We never thought that the spent fuel pool would get such serious damage, as it was built taking into account the possible occurrence of an earthquake. On top of that, a great amount of water was in it, so we never imagined it would be empty."

    • Anthony Anthony

      Our lives have been held in a balance for two years.

      They are going to talk about that.

      Many people even here could add to or co-create solutions or hazard reductions. Together this crisis could have been managed.

      Offers for help were met with rejection; even at the heads of our own countries.

      I hope they convey their knowledge with confident gusto.

      After this event it will be near impossible for people who have hurt us all to deny our essential rights to help ourselves.

      It is exhausting for caring people to keep pretending not to care.

  • Sickputer

    Yes…it is not hard to find out the earthquake was the straw that broke the nuclear camel's back at Fukushima Daiichi:

    From a German article May 2011: (Use Google to translate)!70830/

    Excepts: Google translation:

    TEPCO's defense crumbles
    According to TEPCO, it was only the tsunami that damaged the emergency cooling and thus the reactors at Fukushima. But now comes out, that's only half the story well.

    "The claim that the nuclear plants had survived the earthquake healing is scientifically untenable at all, because no one knows the facts," says about the critical nuclear expert and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Mycle Schneider. This theory already speak the impact of the earthquake, which according to the German Society of Nuclear Safety was higher by 26 percent than the value for the nuclear power plant was designed.

    For Gundersen, who has long worked in the U.S. nuclear industry, there are good reasons why the industry is on the safety of their facilities so convinced. Just last October, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC had stated that the probability of a leak in a nuclear plant cover is zero. "Now there are three reactors with leaking slipcovers. And the U.S. construction Westinghouse is awaiting approval of its new nuclear reactor type AP 1000."

  • Spirit Wings Spirit Wings

    Usefulbreather, your comment about Arnie's title is brilliant!! Thank you for your clearheadedness.

    • EX-pose-the-fakes

      Why don't you see that by exposing who knew what and when is a way to get those responsible to actually do something? They know how to fix it and won't…That's equivalent to saying who cares who prints all the money on debt, let's just start a new currency and hope the old currency printers don't corrupt that too. To know is very important or else how does one know what to do?

      Also this a melt out that is occurring, never happened before. Entombing didn't quite work for Chernobyl either as it needs to be re-entombed now. And this can't be entombed we are way past that possibility. It's far to dangerous at this point for many reasons especially because this is also a cover up of the ionization that's been out of control since 09 over Japan. METHane corruption eruption…truth…from hard and tough to soft and fluff, whatever

      see This is a former technician for a Finnish nuclear plant. If you havent heard/seen this yet please do. It explains a lot although its still "theory"

  • Sickputer

    As Helen and Arnie prepare to do battle once again with the Establishment…here's a blast from the past from the late nucleocrat Bernard Cohen.

    The late nuclear scientist Bernard Cohen berates the anti-nuclear scientists in his 1990 book:

    "Other scientists have written books on nuclear energy painting a very different picture from the one I present. Ernest Sternglass,1 John Gofman,2 and Helen Caldicott3 are the names with which I am familiar. Their basic claim is that radiation is far more dangerous than estimates by the scientific Establishment would lead us to believe it is.

    This is a scientific question which will be discussed in some detail in Chapter 5, but the ultimate judgment is surely best made by the community of radiation health scientists. A poll of that community (see Chapter 5) shows that the scientific works of these three scientists have very low credibility among their colleagues. Their ideas on the dangers of radiation have been unanimously rejected by various committees of eminent scientists assembled to make judgments on those questions. "

  • Sickputer

    Cohen continued:

    "These committees represent what might be called "the Establishment" in radiation health science; the poll shows that they have very high credibility within the involved scientific community.

    In a secret ballot, less than 1% gave these Establishment groups a credibility rating below 50 on a scale of 0-100, whereas 83% gave the three above-mentioned authors a credibility rating in that low range. The average credibility rating of these Establishment groups was 84, whereas less than 3% of respondents rated the three authors that high.

    The positions presented in this book are those of the Establishment. In comparing this book with those of Sternglass, Gofman, and Caldicott, you therefore should not consider it as my word against that of those three authors, but rather as their positions versus the positions of the Establishment, strongly supported by a poll taken anonymously of the involved scientific community."


    Now we see what kind of secretive opponents try to discredit Arnie, Helen, and Chris:

    Bernard Cohen's secret brotherhood of anonymous nucleocrats.

    I would guess a few military nuclear bomb scientists makes up his Establishment list also?

    Tear them up Arnie and Helen…they have money and propaganda on their side…while you have the truth. They will not escape the verdict of history!