Civil society organizations from the US and Russia are co-hosting an online conference to explore the environmental hazards and opportunities of decommissioning nuclear power plants.
The conference takes place: Friday, May 19, 10am-12:30pm EDT.
Decommissioning should ensure the transfer of these facilities to a state that will be environmentally safe for present and future generations. However, the process is insufficiently transparent, and lacks legal procedures for the effective and informed participation of residents and regional legislators.
Participants will discuss ways to improve safety during the decommissioning of nuclear power plants through greater transparency and effective interaction of stakeholders based on democratic principles that ensure everyone’s right to a clean and safe environment.
New England and Northwest Russia have a lot in common. Both regions host commercial nuclear power plants. While some are already decommissioning, others are planning to extend their operational life. As part of the decommissioning process, we will also examine how an “autopsy” of closed reactors can inform safety issues around reactor life extension requests.
Our transnational dialogue aims to show that, when civil society and concerned citizens work together across borders and geopolitical strife, our safety and our environment can only benefit along with the planet we all share.
There will be three panels of speakers, with question and answer sessions after each and a ten-minute break. Simultaneous translation will be provided for the presentations and the Q&A.
Speakers: Sarah Abramson (C-10 Research & Education Foundation, USA); Oleg Bodrov (Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, Russia); Henrietta Cosentino (SaveOurBayMA, USA): Paul Gunter (Beyond Nuclear,USA): Deb Katz (Citizens Awareness Network, USA); Nikolai Kuzmin (Leningrand Oblast Legislative Assembly, Russia); Andrey Talevlin, For Nature, Russia). Hosted by Joseph Gerson (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security,USA).
The event is co-sponsored by: Beyond Nuclear, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security, Citizens Awareness Network, C-10 Research & Education Foundation, International Peace Bureau, Massachusetts Peace Action, and Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland.
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