Fukushima Is Forever – Radioactive Waste at Indian Point
March 11, 2017, 1:30 PM
Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South St.
10:00 Peace Walkers Assemble at Cortlandt Train Station and begin their walk.
12:43 NYC friends leave Grand Central for Peekskill.
1:30 Start time for Fukushima Remembrance.
People will arrive to quiet music. Marcia Slatkin, poet, will read some of her works about Fukushima. A time for quite reflection as people arrive. We will hear a five minute video message from Naoke Suzuki, a Fukushima refugee reporting health and housing issues six years after the nuclear disaster.
1:48 People from NYC will arrive at Peekskill Metro North Station and be picked up. Seats for pick up can be reserved by calling 888-474-8848
2:00 Peace Walkers arrive. We will break the silence and welcome the Walkers. We will share our potluck dinner and begin our program after coffee and dessert.
3:00 Jun san and two other Walkers will speak briefly about the Water for Life Walk.
3:15 Yasuyo Tanaka, a New York based artist and environmentalist will talk about the contamination of radiation in the disaster areas in Fukushima.
3:30 Update on Indian Point and other actions:
4:00 Music by Dana
4:15 Introduction to Gordon Edwards and explain the methods for written questions.
5:15 All who have spoken will come to the front for a very brief recap. Rick will moderate brief closing questions from the audience for the assembled panel. Dr. Edwards will be at Stony Point Conference Center 1:30 on Sunday, tomorrow. Join us for lunch at 12:30 in the dining hall at Stony Point.
5:45 Wrap up with Marilyn. Call to Action. You have learned a lot today. Your job is to share it with friends, neighbors and elected officials. Thank you for coming.
Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
How do you safely store 2,000 tons of radioactive material that is lethal for 240,000 years?
Can a radioactive site be decontaminated so it can be used for commerce and recreation?
How do you monitor and protect material so it doesn’t erupt in a radioactive fire and contaminate the region?
These and related questions will be a focus of a special program looking into the future of Indian Point after it ceases operations and looking back at the lessons learned from the continuing catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The historic agreement to close the Indian Point reactors in 2020 and 2021 marks a whole new chapter in how Indian Point affects our community and the connection to the radioactive waste storage problems at Fukushima. On Saturday, March 11, the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition will present its sixth annual public remembrance of the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and a discussion of the major issues surrounding Indian Point’s future.
The event features Dr. Gordon Edwards, a noted independent scientist, who will speak about the difficulties involved and the planning needed to close a nuclear power plant safely. He will deal with the problems associated with the storage of high level radioactive waste.
The afternoon begins at 1:30 PM at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 Park Street with music by Dana Hanschford and other talented musicians. Marcia Slatkin will read her poems inspired by Fukushima, which will be published in book form this fall. We will hear the words of Naoke Suzuki, a Fukushima refuge who has not been able to return home. Jun Yasuda and the Peace Walkers will arrive at 2 PM, completing the last leg of their Water for Life Walk which started in Carteret Waterfront Park, New Jersey with a Water Ceremony and continued to Peekskill Green and the Hudson River where they performed the last of their many Water Ceremonies with the Seneca/Onondaga/Ramapough-Lenape members blessing and connecting the rivers of our region.
We are providing a potluck dinner for the Walkers. People are encouraged to bring food to share. After dinner we will reconvene to learn about the contamination of radiation in the disaster areas in Fukushima from Yasuyo Tanaka, an artist and environmentalist. Members of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition will provide an update on the closure agreement and we will delve into the presentation by Dr. Edwards.