“engineers always design for the previous failure”


Arnie Gundersen
Arnie Gundersen

We are delighted to announce that Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds in the USA will be speaking in Keswick on the 11th March. The talk is just one of the many events worldwide marking the fourth anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

“WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MOORSIDE“ 11th March at The Skiddaw Hotel 7.30 – 9.30pm

As well as speaking on the Moorside plan for three AP1000 reactors, Arnie Gundersen will inform us about the current situation regarding the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. There will be an opportunity for Q & A in what promises to be a very interesting and informative evening.

We are delighted that Dr Ian Fairlie will also be speaking. Dr Ian Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. Dr Fairlie will inform us on health impacts.


ARNIE GUNDERSEN, Chief Engineer of Fairewinds, holds both a Bachelor (’71) and Master Degree (’72) in Nuclear Engineering and a Nuclear Reactor Operator’s License (AEC # 3014). Formerly he was a Senior Vice President for an Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensee and a member of its Radiation Safety Committee. During Government Oversight Congressional Hearings in 1993 concerning the NRC’s deliberately botched inspection activities related to Arnie’s whistleblower concerns, then NRC Chairman Ivan Selin told Senator John Glenn, “ …it is true — everything Mr. Gundersen said was absolutely right; he performed quite a service.” Maggie and Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds crew now perform nuclear engineering analysis for various States, NGO’s and law firms.

DR IAN FAIRLIE is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. Dr Fairlie has degrees in radiation biology, and his doctoral studies at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London and at Princeton University, US examined nuclear waste technologies. Dr Fairlie has been a consultant to several Government Departments and was the scientific Secretary to the Government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters ( He has also acted as consultant to the European Parliament, WHO, IPPNW, environment NGOs, and local authorities. Dr Fairlie’s main areas of expertise are the health impacts of nuclear fuel reprocessing, nuclear power stations and nuclear wastes.

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  2. arclight2011part2

    And Ian Fairlie .. Blimey! sounds like it will be a stunning night .. thanks for the post.. I will promote the event on the radio show .. (still having a few teething problems and i will be looking for interviews of european activists and groups etc 🙂 .. Getting there slowly but surely btw) Hugs to you Marianne 🙂

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  6. Dr Timothy Norris

    When President Eisenhower promoted “Atoms for Peace”, it was to spread the cost and burden of of Plutonium production (for nuclear bombs) onto the general population. Now, after many years, there are huge stockpiles of Plutonium, for example, at Sallafield that is costing the British taxpayer £73 million per year to store, there a 139.1 tonnes of Plutonium in storage, namely enough to produce 15000 nuclear bombs. Plutonium is a highly toxic material and dangerous to the biosphere. Clearly, there is now no need to add to this stockpile of Plutonium. For the UK, the stockpile of Plutonium has now become an embarrassment to UK Government. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C are all about fissioning MOX fuel containing Plutonium to try to obtain some value from the stockpile of Plutonium. The problem is that fissioning Plutonium MOX fuel produces a lot of high level nuclear waste that needs to be stored securely for at least 100000 years. There are already estimated 350, 000 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste Worldwide, and nobody has a proven solution how to store this waste safely in the longterm. Taking these issues into account, it is madness building more nuclear reactors and generating more nuclear waste.

    Some questions need to be asked about how the UK got into the present state of affairs with nuclear. In the Danish parliament (folketinget) many years ago in the 1950’s, nuclear power was considered in a holistic manner and the nuclear waste issue made nuclear power unacceptable. It was for his reason that the Danish government promoted wind turbines, that has become a huge success. In the UK, we seem to have had politicians over the years who have only been concerned with short-term profits associated with reprocessing nuclear waste and manufacturing nuclear armaments. As a result, we have a highly contaminated site at Sellafield that will cost a huge amount to clean up (even if it is technically feasible), many old MAGNOX and AGR defunct nuclear reactors to be decommissioned (that will just cost money going forward), and a huge stockpile of Plutonium that will cost future generations huge amounts of money just to store.

    It is time for UK politicians to analyze the situation properly, as has been done in Germany, and not build any more nuclear fission reactors (i.e. no Sizewell C) and move rapidly towards distributed renewable energy systems. As aforementioned, the UK has an embarrassingly large stockpile of Plutonium. There is no need to produce more of the Plutonium stuff for military purposes. There is thus no logical justification for the UK to pursue nuclear power further, especially when renewables with energy storage are economically cheaper and do not represent potentially horrendous nuclear contamination of the UK environment if things go wrong. As a last point, our UK military personnel are too dull to appreciate this: if a malicious foreign power wanted to ruin the UK permanently, one nuclear bomb dropped on Sellafield would render the UK uninhabitable because of spread contamination; there is no need to bomb any other part of the UK such as London. I am sure that the Russians and Chinese are aware of this issue. The UK has provided strategically a “sitting-duck” target.

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