Slideshow courtesy of Friends of The Earth.

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transcript (PDF); audio via Earthbeat; and still photos

Experts Analyze Latest Developments in Japan

The following experts provided analysis of the latest news coming out of Japan, as well as the implications of these developments, to members of the media on March 18.

  • Peter Bradford, former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and former chair of the Maine and New York utility commissions. Bradford teaches energy policy and law at the Vermont Law School and has taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
  • Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies. Alvarez researches nuclear disarmament, environmental, and energy policies. He served as a senior policy adviser to the Energy Department’s secretary and deputy assistant secretary from 1993 to 1999.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, radioactive exposure expert and a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and Public Health. He maintains an active family practice and teaches residents in family medicine. He traveled to Chernobyl in 1986 with a delegation of physicians.

Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth and an expert on federal subsidies to the nuclear industry, moderated the briefing.

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