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Several experts from the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory have been interviewed on the situation at Japan's nuclear reactors. Below is a partial list of interviews with links to related multimedia where available.

  • Is MIT Afraid to Debate Nuclear Report? — Our colleagues and Distinguished Argonne Fellows Yoon Chang and Charles Till have been referenced in this article from the Huffington Post blog. — (Jul. 28, 2011)
  • The Japanese TV network NHK interviewed our colleagues Walt Deitrich and Ron Faibish on international nuclear safety training and Fukushima. — (Jul. 14, 2011)
  • NM site called model for nuclear waste disposalMark Nutt, Manager of the Engineering Assessments Section, discussed options for a disposal site in an interview with an Associated Press journalist. — (Jun. 13, 2011)
  • Thorium: Better than uranium for nuclear power?Temitope Taiwo, Manager of the Nuclear Systems Analysis Department, shared his views about Thorium as nuclear fuel during a radio interview with Viewpoints radio magazine. — (May 22, 2011)
  • Nuked! Surprising sources of radiation — Principal Nuclear Engineer Roger Blomquist was one of the experts interviewed by Ashley Cullins from Medill Reports for an article which puts radiation exposure within a 10-mile radius of Fukushima in perspective with other sources of radiation exposure. Note that millirems measure the biological dose. — (May 12, 2011)
  • Japan Reactor Core Damage Worse Than Feared, Delaying Cleanup — Principal Nuclear Engineer Roger Blomquist was interviewed among others by — (May 12, 2011)
  • “Beyond Fukushima: The Risks, Realities & Future of Nuclear Energy in the U.S.”Hussein Khalil was among the panelists participating in live panel discussion and web cast held at the University of Chicago. The 90-minute discussion explored the impact of nuclear energy, now and in the future. — (Apr. 21, 2011)
  • Addressing Cleanup Around Fukushima Dai-ichi — Decontamination and decommissioning expert Lawrence E. Boing among those interviewed for a New York Times article about the clean-up of the soils in some of the areas surrounding the Fukushima plant — (Mar. 31, 2011)
  • Peters and Fanning appear on NBC-5 report on Illinois nuclear power industry and spent fuel recycle research at Argonne (Mar. 30, 2011)
  • Nuclear Engineer Joe Braun was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio station Vocalo on their Health and Science program. The interview covered how reactors work, the problems in Japan, and basics of radiation and radioactivity. — (Mar. 29, 2011)
  • Principal Nuclear Engineer Roger Blomquist was interviewed by WLS radio. Roger answered questions about the radiation exposures to the Japanese workers at Fukushima Daiichi and the robustness of the BWR plants in Illinois with respect to earthquakes. — (Mar. 25, 2011)
  • Mark Nutt and Temitope Taiwo participated in an interview with an AP reporter/writer on nuclear fuel management and the opportunities for advanced nuclear fuel cycles. — (Mar. 24, 2011)
  • Hussein Khalil was interviewed by Scientific American regarding comparative safety of currently operating reactors versus advanced reactors (particularly core damage frequency predictions from probabilistic risk assessments), plus safety features/advances incorporated in evolutionary (GenIII/III+) and future generation (GenIV) designs. — (Mar. 24, 2011)
  • Nuclear engineer Roger Blomquist, Principal Nuclear Engineer and one of the founding members of our Outreach Committee, interviewed among others by (Mar. 20, 2011)
  • Hussein Khalil at Chicago Tonight Show experts roundtable on the situation in Japan (Mar. 18, 2011)
  • Hussein Khalil spoke with a WLS Chicago radio interviewer and discussed the U.S. understanding of the Fukushima Dai-ichi events, possible implications for safety of nuclear power plants in Illinois, and possible health effects from radiation exposure, with particular emphasis on any possible health effects from the excess radiation levels detected on air passengers and cargo arriving in the U.S. from Japan in the days following the earthquake and tsunamis. — (Mar. 16, 2011)
  • Mitch Farmer talked with a Naperville cable TV station about Illinois boiling water reactor plants and the additional backup power supplies these plants have added in recent years to their sites, enabling them to keep electricity available for decay heat removal if the diesel generators are disabled, as they were at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. — (Mar. 16, 2011)
  • Argonne's Mitchell Farmer talks with CBS about the unlikely risk of Japan's nuclear exposure on the U.S. (Mar. 15, 2011)
  • Q&A: Nuclear Power Expert Explains Japan's CrisisTemitope Taiwo interviewed by Live Science — (Mar. 14, 2011)
  • Japan's disaster fuels debate on nuclear power plants hereMitch Farmer among those interviewed for debate article at Chicago Daily Herald — (Mar. 14, 2011)


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