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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:00 - 12:00

Greenpeace Findings From Independent Radiation Monitoring in Fukushima
Jan van de Putte
Greenpeace Belgium, Radiation Protection Advisor
Heinz Smital
Greenpeace Germany, Nuclear physicist and Nuclear campaigner
Kazue Suzuki
Greenpeace Japan, Nuclear / Energy campaigner
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English with simultaneous interpretation.

 It's approaching four years since three reactors melted down at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima nuclear station, throwing out plumes of radiation that contaminated the Pacific ocean, farmland, beaches, towns and villages, and forced the evacuation of an estimated 160,000 people.

 From the early days of the disaster, the environmental group Greenpeace has been at the forefront of non-governmental efforts to assess the scale of the radiation fallout and its dangers. It has independently monitored radiation levels in different areas of Fukushima as well in the Pacific and made them available to the public at a time Tepco was criticized by the government for withholding radiation data.

 Greenpeace is returning to the FCCJ to give journalists an opportunity to hear about its latest findings on radioactive fallout in Fukushima. The disaster left communities in tatters and caused long-term radiation damage, which is why Greenpeace argues that Japan should abandon atomic power. More immediately, it says the expected restart of two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant only brings the threat of another Fukushima disaster, this time on Kyushu.

 Jan van de Putte, a specialist trained in radiation safety at the Technical University of Delft, has participated in environmental surveys of radioactive contamination in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Belgium and France. Heinz Smital, qualified as a physicist at the Institute of Isotope Research and Nuclear Physiks at the University of Vienna, worked 12 years at Siemens AG before becoming a radiation expert for Greenpeace Germany. He participated in environmental surveys of radioactive contamination in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Germany and Japan. Kazue Suzuki has led Greenpeace Japan's anti-nuclear campaign since 1995. Her responsibilities have included directing opposition to the use of plutonium-thermal reactors at Tepco's Fukushima plant. She also led a power-saving initiative after Tepco was forced to shut down nuclear reactors in 2003 for checks after the utility admitted it had been doctoring nuclear safety reports since the early 1990s.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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 Jan van Heinz kazue

 Jan van de Putte                             Heinz Smital                                    Kazue Suzuki

 

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