With the current nuclear crisis in Japan and the nuclear energy industry again on the rise globally as an “alternative” to fossil fuel energy, what lessons have we learned from the Chernobyl disaster and how have these lessons affected nuclear energy policy and practice today?
Finally, is nuclear energy today a safe alternative energy supply?
The World Affairs Council and Hanford Challenge present Dr. Alexey Yablokov, who will address the real consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe including poor public health, elevated mortality rates, and new and unusual illnesses. Dr. Yablokov will also discuss why the true impact of Chernobyl has been silenced and why the World Health Organization has not spoken out. Dr. Yablokov and Mr. Carpenter will also be prepared to discuss the current situation in Japan, comparisons with Chernobyl, and possible impacts in Japan and globally.
Dr. Alexey Yablokov was the environmental advisor to Russian President Yeltsin and advisor to the Gorbachev administration. He is a Councilor of the Russian Academy of Science and currently serves as Nuclear and Radiation Safety Program Chair for the International Socio-Ecological Union. Dr. Yabolokov is currently one of the leaders of the Russian Environmental movement and the author of many books about ecology, zoology, and radiobiology. Most recently, Dr. Yablokov authored, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature,” a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants that were emitted from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. The official discussions emanating from the IAEA and associated UN agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and as a consequence these reports have erred on the side of negative findings simply because much of what was known was not included in their assessments. This new book provides a complete and extensive summary of all known research, including that published in Russian and Ukrainian, and provides new insights to the likely long-term health and environmental consequences of nuclear accidents.
Note: Dr. Yablokov’s presentation will be in English. The Q&A section of the program will be facilitated with support from a consecutive Russian language interpreter.
Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation (FRAEC)
Government Accountability Project
Ukrainian American Club of Washington
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility