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Nuclear Power
Clean, Efficient Energy or a Disaster-In-Waiting?
Last Featured: 10/2/2006

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Is nuclear energy the best bet for eliminating the world's dependence on oil and diminishing the negative effects of global warming? Or will building new nuclear power plants create ready targets for terrorists and raise new questions about operational safety and storage of nuclear waste? The pros and cons of nuclear power, on this edition of Justice Talking.

Interview with an Energy Reporter
Host Margot Adler talks with reporter Mary O'Driscoll about the state of the nuclear industry since the Three Mile Island incident over 25 years ago.

Mary O'Driscoll is a senior reporter covering energy policy for the Internet-based news services Greenwire and Environment & Energy Daily. She is a 25-year journalism veteran, having covered energy policy and the energy industry for most of the past 15 years.

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A Closer Look at Oyster Creek
Host Margot Adler talks with Janet Tauro, co-founder of Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety (GRAMMES). She says the Oyster Creek Generating Station, the country's longest running commercial nuclear reactor, is unsafe and wants it shut down. Margot also speaks with Rachelle Benson, a spokesperson for Exelon, the company that owns Oyster Creek. She says the plant is safe.

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Interview with Patrick Moore
Host Margot Adler speaks with a founding member of Greenpeace who is now a strident supporter of nuclear power.

Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He helped found the environmental group, Greenpeace. He is now the co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, an organization that supports the increased use of nuclear energy.

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Debate on the Issue
Anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott and nuclear energy advocate Steve Kerekes square off on the promise and pitfalls of nuclear energy.

Helen Caldicott is the author of Nuclear Power is Not the Answer. She is also co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Steve Kerekes has directed the media relations section at the Nuclear Energy Institute, a policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry, since 1997.

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Interview with a Geologist
Host Margot Adler talks with a geologist about the fate of Yucca Mountain, our nation's proposed repository for nuclear waste.

Allison Macfarlane co-edited Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste. She is an associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is also an affiliate of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

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Report from a Nuclear Power Plant
Reporter Brad Linder visits the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant where officials are building a new facility to store spent nuclear fuel on-site.

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Interview with a Reporter
Host Margot Adler speaks with a reporter about the Hanford nuclear weapons site, one of the most polluted places in North America.

Correction: The Richland High School sports team jerseys do not, as mentioned in this report, have an image of a mushroom cloud on them. The image of a mushroom cloud is on the school’s football helmets, sweatshirts and sports bags, but not on their jerseys.

Warren Cornwall is a reporter at The Seattle Times, where he covers the environment and natural resources.

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