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Apr 26, 2011 6:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Anti-Nuclear Noyac Journalist In High Demand After Nuclear Disaster

May 11, 2011 11:52 AM

A lot of heart and soul has been poured into saving the East End’s cherished yet vanishing farmland, but local investigative journalist Karl Grossman warns that the farmland could all be wiped out in a blink of the eye—thanks to a nuclear-powered nemesis.

“In one afternoon, you could kiss Long Island agriculture goodbye, like you could kiss Fukushima agriculture goodbye,” said the recent recipient of the 2011 Generoso Pope Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting for his journalism on environmental issues, in an interview at his Noyac home.

The culprit? A potential disaster, such as the one that struck Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex last month, at the nearest nuclear plant to the East End—the Millstone Nuclear Power Station, across Long Island Sound in Waterford, Connecticut. Millstone has been “trouble-plagued” for decades, garnering scores of whistleblower complaints and sitting like a target for terrorists, Mr. Grossman said. A 50-mile evaculation radius, for example, would place the entire East End in a nuclear bull’s-eye.

“Clearly, nuclear power represents an enormous threat to life on earth, and all the plants should be closed down,” Mr. Grossman, 69, said of an industry he has devoted decades to writing about, in articles, books and columns.

The 25th anniversary of the infamous disaster at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, in what is now Ukraine recently passed. But Mr. Grossman said the catastrophe unleashed in Japan in March has the potential to eclipse even that incident.

Seated on a plush armchair in his living room, surrounded by reams of newspaper clippings and journal articles and his laptop, the journalism professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, whose column has appeared in The Press for more than a generation, reached constantly for documents while discussing what he calls the “most dangerous way to boil water”—nuclear energy.

His works, such as “Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed To Know About Nuclear Power,” a 1980 tome, rely heavily on firsthand documents that Mr. Grossman uses to illustrate his point: that government officials and industry leaders have worked in concert to greatly downplay the dangers of nuclear energy. He has recently penned a new preface for the book in light of recent events.

Reaching for a folder the orange color of a hunter’s cap, and titled “JAPAN NUCLEAR,” he noted that with the Japanese companies Toshiba and Hitachi teaming up with the “Coke and Pepsi” of the nuclear industry, General Electric and Westinghouse, the Japanese authorities have great incentive not to tell the truth and to blame the disaster on, say, faulty equipment, Mr. Grossman said.

In light of the three-pronged catastrophe in Japan—the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear instability of March 11—Mr. Grossman and his expertise has been in particular demand. A recent interview at his Noyac Road home was one of a string he gave that day.

“Karl Grossman is one of the finest investigative reporters in the country,” said Tom Twomey, an East Hampton resident who, as an attorney, served as a trustee of the Long Island Power Authority in the late 1980s and early 1990s and played a role in decommissioning the proposed Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. “He’s one of the bravest men I know. He is totally dedicated to the truth. In the early 1970s, Karl Grossman reported firsthand from the front lines of the nuclear power debate. He exposed the deception of the nuclear scientists. He uncovered that the nuclear industry could not survive without massive taxpayer subsidies. He broadcast how the nuclear industry was, in fact, throttling a sensible energy policy by actually lobbying against solar, wind and energy conservation initiatives.”

“Karl has incontrovertibly proved that nuclear power was based on lies,” said 
Martin Shepard, of Sag Harbor, co-publisher of The Permanent Press, which published “Cover Up.”

For his part, Mr. Grossman says he believes that all nuclear plants would be shuttered if the mainstream media would devote the attention to the issue that it deserves.

Because there is no safe way to dispose of nuclear waste, such as spent fuel rods, their gene-altering radioactivity holds the power to affect the gene pool over generations, Mr. Grossman said.

The veteran journalist points out that he is not against technology itself. He just warns that humanity must be intelligent about how it is used. Standing outside between his solar-powered home and his Toyota Prius recently, he smiled, “It’s nice that the sun still shines with all this darkness.”

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If there were more individuals like Karl Grossman in the world, the world would be a lot safer place to be.
By 16945 (15), Riverhead on Apr 27, 11 5:45 PM
Karl''s book Cover Up can be downloaded for free on our website: www.thepermanentpress.com
By Martin Shepard (1), sag harbor on Apr 27, 11 9:35 PM
Karl influence on other journalists -- both establishment and alternative, and young and old -- is incalculable. He's an inspiration to us all.
By rtelberg (1), East Hampton on Apr 28, 11 9:32 AM
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