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Dr. Helen Caldicott to Speak Out Against Nuclear Power

September 12, 2006

“Nuclear power is not the answer,” says world-famous nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott about industry attempts to paint nuclear power now as “clean and green.” “It is definitely not the answer to global warming,” she adds.

Physician, humanist and ardent activist for nuclear disarmament, Dr. Helen Caldicott will present the case against nuclear production and development during her presentation titled “Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer to Global Warming” on Sunday, September 17, at 2:30 p.m., at the Community Unitarian Church, 468 Rosedale Avenue in White Plains. A $10 donation is suggested. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., a limited-admission reception will precede her talk. Snacks and coffee will be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Caldicott.

A Nobel Prize Nominee, Dr. Helen Caldicott will discuss the pressing realities of the issues facing us today: Enormous amounts of fossil fuel are burned during the nuclear energy process from uranium mining to enrichment. Nuclear reactors consume and pollute vast quantities of water. Nuclear energy plants are prone to accidents that release radioactive emissions into the atmosphere and river systems.

Alarm systems have been rife with failures. Evacuation plans have never been tested in meaningful drills. Nuclear facilities are notoriously vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquakes and are an inviting target for attack by terrorists. And experts have yet to discover a safe place on the planet or secure methods for storing nuclear waste already generated by the nuclear power industry.

Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Helen Caldicott is an internationally renowned expert on the health effects of radiation. For over 35 years, she has been one of the leading international speakers for the antinuclear movement, and a passionate and articulate advocate of citizen action to address nuclear and environmental crises. In addition to being the subject of several films, Dr. Caldicott has received numerous international awards for her work. She was named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Her bestselling books have included “Nuclear Madness” (1994), “A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography” (1997), and “The New Nuclear Danger: (2004).”Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer” is also the title of her just-published book. Dr. Caldicott’s books will be available for sale and for her to sign at the event. She will be signing books at the reception beforehand and also after her talk.

A contribution of $150 gets a ticket to the reception, a listing in the program as a Patron, a free signed copy of Dr. Caldicott’s new book, and preferred reserved seating for the main presentation. A $100 contribution gets the same benefits, but the listing in the program is as a Supporter. A $50 contribution gets a ticket to the reception, preferred reserved seating for the event, and listing in the program as a Donor (but no book).

In addition to informing the public, this event will help focus pressure on the need for an Independent Safety Assessment at Indian Point. Attendees will be organized to work with their local elected officials and town boards in order to gather more support for this essential assessment prior to any serious consideration of license renewal for the Indian Point nuclear power plants.

Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, will also speak on “Global Warming: Energy Solutions and Alternatives” and Mark Jacobs, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition spokesperson, will speak on “How We Will Close Indian Point,” with an update on the recent leak of Strontium 90 into the Hudson River. Information will be available on how to get involved in local community efforts to address global warming and the risks of nuclear power.

The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, an association of 70 local groups, is the sponsor for this major event, together with over 20 other local environmental, civic and religious groups.


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