Nuclear Energy: Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives
Concerns about the safety of nuclear power plants increased after the earthquake and tsunami damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan. The August 2011 eathquake on the east coast of the United States brought the concern to our shores. Illinois has aging Fukushima-type GE Mark I reactors at Dresden 2 & 3 and Quad Cities 1 & 2.
Robert Rosner, the former director of Argonne National Laboratory and Director of the Harris Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, will speak about the benefits of nuclear energy. David Kraft, Director of NEIS (Nuclear Energy Information Service) will speak to the problems of aging plants and the management of nuclear waste. Roger Frechette, founder and president of PositivEnergy Practice, will speak about the use of conservation, design, planning, and imagination in solving energy needs.
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