Panel of experts talks risks and solutions

Second in series this Thursday on Zoom


Photo by Regina Clarkin

The garbage incinerator in Peekskill’s Charles Point and beyond it the nuclear power plant at Indian Point in Buchanan.

By Regina Clarkin

The public is invited to attend a panel this Thursday afternoon to become educated about the risks handling nuclear waste from the decommissioning plant at Indian Point. Viewers will also learn about available solutions around the treatment of radionuclides from a former nuclear industry executive.  Westchester County Executive George Latimer will give opening remarks at the Thursday, Feb. 16 Zoom presentation that begins at 4 p.m.

The second of the Public Health and Safety Experts Forums around the Decommissioning of Indian Point by Holtec International will be moderated by Dr. Courtney Williams, Peekskill resident, cancer researcher and co-founder of Safe Energy Rights Group. Register for the event here.

Speakers include Dr. Kathy Nolan, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility of New York, co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Ulster County legislator, discussing health effects associated with exposure to radioactive contaminants and unique vulnerability of developing fetuses, children and women.  This information is crucial in light of Holtec’s recent disclosure of its plan to release water containing tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, into the Hudson River.

The second speaker is Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer at Fairewinds Associates, former nuclear industry executive, discussing treatment systems for removal of radionuclides.

 This forum series is co-sponsored by Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Physicians for Society Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green Committee, WESPAC Foundation, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County.