News Release

Nuclear Reactors and Natural Disasters

ROBERT ALVAREZ [email]
Available for a limited number of interviews, Alvarez is a specialist in nuclear policy, a former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and now a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.

LINDA GUNTER [email]
International specialist at Beyond Nuclear, Gunter said today: “Given that all the safety systems are reliant upon offsite power, nuclear reactors in the path of this mega-storm need to promptly shut down because of grid instability. But when they do, they can no longer provide electricity at a time when it is needed most. As we saw with Fukushima Daiichi, when natural disaster strikes, nuclear power plants become a liability and part of the problem. There are a number of reactors on the east coast and on the Great Lakes that give us great cause for concern.”