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UT to Host Expert Panel Discussion on Japan Nuclear Reactor Accident

KNOXVILLE -— University of Tennessee, Knoxville is hosting a panel of nuclear experts from the university, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), industry and radiological emergency response to discuss the earthquake and tsunami-caused nuclear reactor accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant near Sendai, Japan. The panel will be moderated by Professor of Nuclear Engineering and UTK-ORNL Governor's Chair Howard Hall.

A public panel discussion will be held from 6–8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Experts will be available to the media for one-on-one interviews following the event.

The event will be held in the auditorium in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center on the UT Knoxville campus. Parking is available for a fee in the University Center garage.

The event is free and open to the public.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan, followed by a roughly 10-meter tsunami that inundated the coast. Following the initial events, multiple-loss-of cooling incidents at the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have caused an ongoing crisis. A panel of nuclear experts will discuss the events at Fukushima and field questions.

This event is sponsored by the Knoxville chapter of the American Nuclear Society and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Published March 23, 2011

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