On March 19th, 2011 I had the honor to speak to nuclear expert Mark L. Mervine in a 50 minute conversation. Mr. Mervine is the father of Evelyn Mervine a geologist and blogger who became recently popular with her interviews with her father about the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
Conversation with Mark Mervine (you can find a brief bio below)
The following are the conversations with Mark Mervine divided in 4 parts you can listen to them through youtube videos or download the 50min podcast from the link below.
The interviews cover the following topics:
- Types of radiation and its risks in the affected region and rest of the world
- Comparison of Fukushima with the Chernobyl disaster
- Nuclear power plant design and nuclear fuel
- Detection of radiation and the use of potassium iodine
Full conversation Podcast download: http://bit.ly/e9rF38
or listen to the conversations below:
About The Mervines
Evelyn Mervine is a geologist who is currently a 5th year PhD student in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program she maintains a blog where she writes about her career and travel and currently about the nuclear situation in Fukushima Japan. You can find her blog and interviews with her father Mark L. Mervine here.
Mark L. Mervine is a nuclear engineer graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981. In the Navy Mr. Mervine served in nuclear submarines, during his service he also qualified on two different types of nuclear power plants and served as an instructor in the Navy nuclear power program. After retiring from the Navy he worked for Wisconsin Electric as member of the management staff. He also qualified and served as a Shift Technical Advisor, which is a position that was added in the nuclear power industry after the Three Mile Island accident.
After Wisconsin Electric, Mr. Mervine worked for Vermont Yankee, where he completed the SRO certification, Senior Reactor Certification, which allowed him to do senior level reviews as a member of the plant management staff, also served on the Outside Review Committee, which is a very high-level committee for the main Yankee nuclear plant, until it closed.