Alfred Meyer

Alfred Meyer is a social activist who serves on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and Co-Chairs the Radiation and Health Committee.  Mr. Meyer is active in New York City, networking PSR with other groups and efforts regarding the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan, the United Nations’ response to Fukushima, and efforts to close the nearby reactors at Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear power plant on the Hudson. Alfred Meyer Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and Co-Chairs the Radiation and Health Committee.
Additionally, Mr. Meyer is Past-President and Secretary of the board of Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S., which works with Chernobyl Centers for Psycho-Social Rehabilitation in five Ukrainian communities greatly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, that began on April 26, 1986.  He has visited the community centers and the reactor site in Ukraine.He has also been the Program Director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Washington DC, Executive Director of PSR Wisconsin, and Chair of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.
 Ionizing Radiation –
How to make the Invisible Visible?

The following resources will give you an introduction to the atomic age in which we live, with its nuclear bombs and power reactors and all of their associated poisonous waste products.  New York City is in the shadow of two operating nuclear reactors at Indian Point, just 35 miles to the north – 20 million people live within 50 miles of the site, and there is no feasible evacuation possible in the event of a catastrophic event, like Fukushima.  If the wind had been blowing the other way at Fukushima, Tokyo would have been evacuated!

Meanwhile, long occurring radioactive tritium leaks into the ground water and Hudson River at Indian Point have recently spiked, showing greatly increased levels of radioactivity.  This is Riverkeeper’s February 17, 2016 Press Release calling for the temporary shut down of Indian Point nuclear reactors just north of New York City until investigations into radioactive tritium leaks on site are completed and assessed.
Riverkeeper focuses on protecting the Hudson River through legal actions, including working to close the nuclear reactors at Indian Point because of fish kill, thermal, and radioactive pollution of the river.

Ace Hoffman’s “The Code Killers”  is a free downloadable illustrated book – colorful and creative presentation of lots of the science and facts and figures about the age of nuclear weapons, power and waste.

Great pictures and aerial photographs mixed in with tables and text – please page through to see the photos – see the map on page 2 for an overview of sites covered by this report:
High Level Nuclear Waste Developments from the U.S. Department of Energy:
Preliminary Evaluation of Removing Used Nuclear Fuel from Shut Down Sites
– there are 10 sites in the U.S. where the nuclear reactors are shut down, but the highly irradiated spent nuclear fuel is still on site, in pools and/or casks.  This document details the sites and provides pictures of the sites and transportation options for moving the waste.   In most cases, high-level nuclear waste should only be moved once, to its final resting place, an unknown right now.  Nonetheless, there is high-level government pressure to establish an interim site for waste storage, so that the illusion of a solution is provided to the public, at the cost and risk of moving radioactive materials an additional time.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump is a Canadian group of concerned citizens working to stop the construction of a nuclear waste dump on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes which all together, constitute 21% of the world’s fresh water!
Northwatch has a project called Know Nuclear Waste  which has very accessible information about the nuclear fuel chain and waste issues, particularly in regards to the Great Lakes.

New York is one of the eight U.S. states that border the Great Lakes, which are the water source for 40 million people, and there are many groups in the U.S. and Canada working on Great Lakes nuclear issues.

The Nuclear is a dying industry!  World Nuclear Industry Status Report is an annual appraisal of the current status of the industry.  Energy consultant Mycle Schneider, who works out of Paris, notes that the peak number of operating reactors in the world  was 444 in the year 2002 – it has been and is downhill ever since.  Even if every new reactor ever proposed is built (and they won’t be), the total number of operating reactors is declining as the older facilities age out.  If I told you that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has lost 94% of its share value since 2005, you, knowing about the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi catastrophe and its ensuing liabilities, might not be surprised.  However, please note that more than 50% of the decline in value occurred before the 2011 disaster; the story for the French companies AREVA and EDF are almost the same, even as France is a country (like the state of Illinois) which gets 80% of its electrical energy from nuclear generation.  http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/-2015-.html

ADDITIONAL WEBSITES:
Physicians for Social Responsibility: www.psr.org
Beyond Nuclear: www.beyondnuclear.org
Nuclear Information and Resource Service: www.nirs.org
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: www.ieer.org