FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien travels to three continents to explore the revived debate about the safety of nuclear power, the options for alternative energy sources, and questions about whether a disaster like the one at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex could happen in the United States.
EXPLORE THE HAZARDS AND BENEFITS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY INFrontline: Nuclear Aftershocks Available on DVD from PBS Distribution March 27th
Arlington, Va. - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing Frontline: Nuclear Aftershocks on DVD. In Nuclear Aftershocks FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O'Brien travels to three continents to explore the revived debate about the safety of nuclear power, the options for alternative energy sources, and questions about whether a disaster like the one at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex could happen in the United States. Frontline: Nuclear Aftershocks will be available on DVD beginning March 27, 2012. The program has a running time of 60 minutes. The DVD SRP is $24.99.
The Fukushima accident marked a nuclear tipping point. Only six of Japan's 54 reactors are still operating, and all are expected to be closed by May 2012. For its part, Germany decided to close all of its 17 reactors by 2022, with hopes of filling the power gap with renewable energy sources like wind and solar. But some climatologists are concerned that Japan and Germany's carbon-free nuclear electricity will be replaced not with renewables but with polluting fossil fuels like coal.
FRONTLINE explores the implications of the Fukushima event for U.S. nuclear safety and asks if any of our 104 reactors could suffer a Fukushima-type accident. O'Brien also examines one of the most controversial decisions facing U.S. nuclear regulators: whether to relicense the nearly 40-year-old Indian Point nuclear plant, located 38 miles from Manhattan. Citing the damage to Fukushima Daiichi's 40-year-old reactors, critics - including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo - insist that the risks are too great. But proponents, among them former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, argue that keeping Indian Point open is essential, as it provides about a quarter of New York City and Westchester County's carbon-free electricity.
In the relatively sparsely populated area near the Japanese plant, the radiation caused major disruptions. An Indian Point accident, in a much more densely populated area, would pose even greater challenges in evacuating residents and cleaning up after any release of radiation.
Frontline: Nuclear Aftershocks is a FRONTLINE production with Palfreman Film Group. The producer and director is Jon Palfreman. The correspondent is Miles O'Brien. The writers are Miles O'Brien and Jon Palfreman. The co-producer is Kate McMahon.
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Frontline: Nuclear Aftershocks
Street Date: March 27, 2012
Run Time: 60 Minutes
March 14, 2012, 7:47 am - PR