Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima
Airs Monday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.
A one-year anniversary special examining the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Among many stories, Alex Chadwick conducts an interview with a deputy director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about behind-the-scenes goings-on during the early hours and days post-Fukushima — and next steps for nuclear plants in the United States.
Chadwick will profile Greg Hardy, a Los Angeles-based engineer who has spent much of his career examining the vulnerability of nuclear plants to earthquakes. The show also travels to Japan, where post-Fukushima, Japanese mothers’ concerns about radiation-contaminated food have turned them into activists. And in Germany, where the government plans to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022, BURN will visit the site of a controversial radioactive waste disposal facility. Finally, Alex Chadwick conducts a first-time-ever interview with an American technical worker, on site at the Daiichi nuclear plant when the earthquake and tsunami struck. Throughout the show, Alex will provide a clear explanation of how nuclear energy works, why this is such a difficult technology to develop and manage, and what new nuclear tech is on the horizon.