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Technical Experts from the Early Years

Arnie Gundersen

Arnie is an energy advisor with 39-years of nuclear power engineering experience. A former nuclear industry senior vice president, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in nuclear engineering, holds a nuclear safety patent, and was a licensed reactor operator. He now works with Fairewinds Associates, Inc. performing technical research and publishing reports on pressing nuclear power issues.


Edwin Lyman

Edwin Lyman, senior scientist in the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. Dr. Lyman’s research focuses on the prevention of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. Dr. Lyman is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. In the spring of 2001, he served on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission expert panel on the role and direction of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research and briefed the Commission on his findings. Ed has helped NC WARN on issues of nuclear waste and reactor safety.


Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez, a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., currently focused on nuclear disarmament, environmental and energy policies. Bob worked to help establish the environmental cleanup program in the DOE, strengthened the Clean Air Act, uncovered several serious nuclear safety and health problems, improved medical radiation regulations, and created a transition program for communities and workers affected by the closure of nuclear weapons facilities. In 1975 Bob helped found and direct the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI), a respected national public interest organization. He co-authored the pivotal 2003 Princeton study on the vulnerability of spent fuel pools, which led to the National Academy of Sciences’ 2005 call for risk reduction measures at US nuclear plants.


Paul Gunter

Paul Gunter with Beyond Nuclear, an organization who’s aim is to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Paul covers all aspects of the nuclear fuel chain with a special focus on reactor operations. He previously served for 16 years as the Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for Nuclear Information and Resource Service. He is a lead spokesperson on nuclear reactor hazards and security issues and acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry. He was a co-founder of the Clamshell Alliance in 1976 to oppose the construction of the Seabrook (NH) nuclear power plant through non-violent direct action. An activist and energy policy analyst, he has been an ardent critic of atomic power development for more than 30 years. He is a longtime and trusted ally for NC WARN.

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