An Omega Collaborative Rapid Response webinar:
Implications of damage to Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
- What is happening at the power plant?
- What does “meltdown” mean in this case?
- What is likely to happen? Best case scenarios and worst-case scenarios
- What are the health, social, and economic implications?
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest power plant in the Ukraine and in Europe—some of the major protections against meltdown have been severely damaged by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Europe is on edge and much of the world recognizes that we are facing the possibility of a nuclear meltdown as a result of the invasion: the Omega Collaborative brought these risks front and center in March with a webinar, Ukraine–Nuclear Safety & Nuclear Security by Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki.
Dr. Suzuki currently serves as both the Vice Director and a professor of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)—every day in Nagasaki he is reminded first hand of the horrors of nuclear war. He is also the former Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. Prior to joining RECNA, Suzuki served as an Associate Vice President of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry in Japan, was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo, an Associate Director of MIT’s International Program on Enhanced Nuclear Power Safety, and a Research Associate at MIT’s Center for International Studies. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and Council of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; for those who are not familiar, Pugwash is the leading international organization aiming to develop and support the use of scientific, evidence-based policymaking, focusing on areas where nuclear and WMD risks are present.