Gundersen: They tried to crush us — Our house was foreclosed on, there was bankruptcy — We were followed, harassing calls — Got sued for $1.5 million (VIDEO)

Published: March 7th, 2012 at 2:57 pm ET


Title: In Historic Vote, Vermont Poised to Shut Down Lone Nuclear Reactor
Source: Democracy Now via Fairewinds
Upload Date: Feb 25, 2012
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AMY GOODMAN: […] Arnie Gundersen, your own background, how you came to be a whistleblower? You’re a nuclear engineer. You worked in Connecticut?

ARNIE GUNDERSEN: Yeah, I had — I have a bachelor’s and a master’s in nuclear. I was a licensed reactor operator, was a senior vice president of a nuclear firm. And I discovered some license violations. This is twenty years ago. I told the president about them, president of the company, and he fired me. I then contacted John Glenn and my local senator, Senator John Glenn, about the license violations. And the Nuclear Regulatory Commission came in and found no violations. John Glenn then had the inspector general come in, and they found seven violations and found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had been taking illegal gratuities from my employer.

Didn’t stop there, though. I was sued for a million-and-a-half dollars by my employer, because I was slandering their reputation by writing to John Glenn. It went on for six years. And at the end, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission refused to do anything, despite what’s called a SLAPP suit, a strategic litigation against public participation. The net result of that was that we, my wife and I, took an out-of-court settlement, because the litigation would have continued on for another five years, and we got on with our lives. And I became a nuclear watchdog. And we moved from Connecticut to Vermont.

AMY GOODMAN: And here you now have become a, well, well-known nuclear consultant, executive member of the oversight panel and consultant to the Vermont legislature. When you were in Connecticut, you started to receive harassing calls as you were speaking out against the power plant there?

ARNIE GUNDERSEN: That’s — yes, that’s true. It was harassing calls, we were followed, there was private investigators that delved into our personal records. It was not a nice time. Worse, though, was the million-and-a-half-dollar lawsuit against us that ruined our credit. Our house was foreclosed on, and there was bankruptcy. It was literally designed to crush us. And it didn’t work.

AMY GOODMAN: And you were sued again by? You were sued by?

ARNIE GUNDERSEN: Oh, I was sued by the company I worked for, Nuclear Energy Services. They were the licensee, and I was the senior vice president there. And their claim was that I had defamed their reputation by talking about the license violations. And, of course, you know, Senator Glenn and his subcommittee clearly proved that I was right and that the NRC was taking illegal gratuities, so the — but it didn’t stop the process, because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission refused to get involved.  […]

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Published: March 7th, 2012 at 2:57 pm ET


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317 comments to Gundersen: They tried to crush us — Our house was foreclosed on, there was bankruptcy — We were followed, harassing calls — Got sued for $1.5 million (VIDEO)

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Busby: Fukushima Explosion Was Nuclear

    April 26, 2011

    “Busby said the explosion at Chernobyl in 1986 was also a nuclear explosion. The Chernobyl nuclear accident dispersed large quantities of radioactive fuel and core materials into the atmosphere. Busby told RT the crisis at Fukushima is far worse than Chernobyl.

    “He said the explosion did not originate in the reactor core, but the tanks where spent plutonium MOX fuel rods are stored. MOX fuel contains plutonium blended with natural uranium, reprocessed uranium, or depleted uranium. The explosion vaporized the plutonium rods and ejected a large amount of radiation into the atmosphere….”

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      "Takeshi Tokuda, a member of the Lower House of the Japanese Diet, also believes the first explosion at Fukushima was nuclear. Tokuda talked with a doctor Oikawa of the Minami Soma City General Hospital. Oikawa told the government representative that materials ejected from the plant after the explosion registered high radiation levels.

      “When the hospital checked the radiation level on the people who escaped from around the nuke plant after the explosion, there were more than 10 people whose radiation level exceeded 100,000 cpm [counts per minute], beyond what could be measured by the geiger counter the hospital had,” Tokuda wrote. “100,000 cpm is the new level that the Japanese government set that requires decontamination. Before the Fukushima accident, the level was 6,000 cpm.”

      "The EPA has attempted to downplay the fact that plutonium is now bombarding the United States and much of the Northern Hemisphere. According to Lucas Hixton Whitefield, an EPA RADNet report shows increased levels of plutonium in the atmosphere. Whitefield found information on the plutonium in a RADnet dataset."

  • bleep_hits_blades

    James2, Thanks for the kind reply. You were actually in my mind when I was mentioning those from whom I have learned a lot. I have come to pay attention to what you write, & to read it carefully.

    I've wondered about what you say – this loose in-group clique 'mutual admiration society' – whether they might be shills.

    One reason I keep talking about HAARP is that right after the Fukushima disaster, both Alex Jones & Jeff Rense, the very next day, came out, unsolicited, saying emphatically that HAARP could not have been used, no way, end of story, etc. – the quake was natural, that was all there was to it.

    This caught my attention because there was simply no way they could know that so soon with any certainty. Also – the promptness with which they (legendary 'enemies') both came out looked like orchestrated 'damage control'. Rense used to have Leuren Moret, Ph.D.(main researcher who has suggested that HAARP was used, & a long-time anti-nuke activist, protege of Manhattan Project scientist Marion Falk) on his radio show but since 3/11 has not had her as a guest & periodically ridicules her HAARP theory.

    Another thing that suggests 'schill activity' is the use of the phrase 'conspiracy theorist', as that whole 'meme' is a very clever dis-information tactic that has become a part of everyone's vocabulary; the phrase, which is nothing more than name-calling, is used – people have been taught by the MSM to use it – as a substitute for thinking & analysis. Whenever anyone uses that phrase to dismiss any theory, I suspect either their thinking skills/level of awareness – or their motivation/agenda.

    BTW re Rense & Jones, I have learned a lot from them… but dis-info ops do have to put out a lot of good info to bring in followers & gain trust; & Genesis radio (GCN), owned by insider Adnan Kashoggi, is a subsidiary of ABC, which is owned by megalith Disney Corp.

    Maybe the elites really don't want us thinking too much about HAARP & Fukushima…

    • James2

      Bleep, the conspiracies are here because people don't want to take the time to study the facts.

      We've gotten lazy about allowing others to tell us what to think.

      It's why I don't have a blog. It's why I don't do up videos or pictures for you to look at. I appreciate those who do, and I'll admit that it makes communication much, much easier.

      However it introduces the ability to doctor things – to inject an agenda – and we've got too much of that going on.

      When very important issues like Health Care, and Government bailouts, and Nuclear Power and Global Warming are so mired up in spin that the facts are lost – well then we've lost our way.

      History has proven that the will of the people will prevail and will prevail on a generally favorable path if the facts are known.

      The shills are here in order to keep us lost. They are changing the roadsigns as we drive down the road – not just one or two, but all of them – they are introducing roadblocks and detours such as those conspiracies in order force us down a wrong path. They drive down the road with us in a pack, and veer off, hoping we'll follow them.

      Undoubtedly they've tricked me several times – the stupid tree shadow is one I remember – they probably laugh about it in their meetings . But if we stay focused on the facts and do not let their tricks change our focus, then we can understand the truth about this issue and help others to understand it too.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne


    Please accept my suggestion, which is kindly meant.

    Your comments are off-topic to this thread.

    Please read the Admin comments below the box in which you type a reply. Admin has said that he/she will ban the word HAARP from every thread unless they are posted to the correct thread.

    This is an important topic, and I wouldn't like to see it banned.

    I hope it isn't your intention to get the topic banned.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Anne, thanks for the information. I just re-posted that in the Off Topic thread.


    Nuke sucks, Gunderson is working for the good!

    • Kevin Kevin

      Mr Gunderson who is undboubtedly an upstanding guy is working to make things better for everyone involved. Which negates his ability to work for the "end."

      Some, no doubt believe that the noble effort of working for the better is worth respect and commendation.

      Others who are working to end nuclear power won't.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yes..he is..he works for the good…
    But he is not telling the whole truth about Fukushima..
    And maybe that is not his position..fight..
    My question is…if he isn't going tell it…. who is?

  • Arnie Gundersen 3/8/12
    Why he went to Japan …

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @chemfood..yaya… I know..but I wasn't going to say anything..
    Even "savants" have their pride…(giggling behind my hand)

  • StillJill StillJill

    Great Heart,……now I've bitten my lip,….blood trickling down,…..still 'snickering' though!

    Thanks Chemfood,….that was nice to watch,….filled in some blanks for me.

    I was heartened to hear one very salient (probably missed aside point),…..Arnie adds twice that while in Japan, he also 'met with the 'Bar Association' of Japan.

    Their more casual speech boded well in my 'bullsheet detector' values,..etc.

    If a football game is won by first downs,…Fairewinds is doing a FINE job-imo. They have managed to be 'palatable' to the Japanese, who the Gundersens say,…many of which DO NOT WANT TO KNOW!

    They erred I thought markedly however,…when Maggie actually said that Japan COULD go back to their homes,…but not for 300 years, as opposed to 30 as TEPCO says. The TRUTH would have been, (AGAIN my beef with Arnie),…he or she SHOULD have said,…"IF this were OVER, which it's NOT,….people can go back in 300 years. The point is,…people CANNOT go back in 300 years! Period! That is a small foot in the door of,…"Past tense–this things over". This is a DEADLY untruth!

    Just my unsolicited 2 cents!

  • 7he4uthor

    bleep_hits_blades & James2

    i seem to have stumbled upon your conversation which i liked.
    i try to keep a log at [mostly closed due to trolls] of a couple hundred things
    but cant keep up. seeing your conversation made me realise the the people i would like to reach actually exist.

    something about the way you 2 interact.

    whether or not i ever reached ppl like you for the first time i realize they exist, it has something to do with the speach mannerisms you use [the simplicity/purity] … in my 40 yrs of reading and several years of research i havent seen such purity
    [ego free ].

    dont take this as a compliment, it isnt.
    im just glad there are others.