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CNO Summit Diary: Entergy Nuclear CNO Calls Visiting Fukushima Daiichi 'Life-Altering'

The past two days in Japan, U.S. chief nuclear officers have toured Fukushima Daini and Daiichi, and with respect to the latter, left the experience appreciably changed. We've made a point each day of inviting the CNOs to the very back of our tour bus and asking them to share their experiences on camera with us.

It's true that every CNO we spoke with identified the Daiichi visit as life-altering, but no reaction seemed better representative of the CNOs than that of Jeff Forbes, Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer for Entergy Nuclear. Just watch.

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Comments

Bill Rodgers said…
Mr. Forbes mentioned that the radiation levels were increasing as they were about 5 miles out.

It would be helpful to put some context to that comment.

What were the rad levels? What was the dose rate?

Letting that comment hang there without some context just leaves the door open for anti-nuclear types to make a big deal of the comment.

Good to see US based nuclear professionals having an opportunity to tour Fukushima and provide commentary outside the normal media channels.
jimwg said…
@Bill Rodgers said...

Super Ditto to that! That simply can't be underscored and overemphasized enough! When dealing with the public the nuclear community MUST breakdown their native technical terms and concepts to grass-roots layman comprehensive levels as everyday life comparative ideas and measurements.

James Greenidge
Queens NY

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