Investigative reporter Karl Grossman warns about possible danger from upcoming Curiosity launch at Cape Canaveral

11/03/11 Robert Lorei
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Our next guest is investigative reporter Karl Grossman He's written “The Wrong Stuff: Plutonium in Florida’s Skies,” an exposé of NASA’s dangerous plans to launch the Curiosity space probe from Cape Canaveral with 10.56 pounds of deadly radioactive plutonium-238 dioxide aboard. Grossman says an accident on the launch pad could spread plutonium across Florida; an accident after liftoff could spread plutonium around the globe. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, President Emeritus of Physicians for Social Responsibility, one pound of plutonium-238, if pulverized into dust, could hypothetically give lung cancer to every person on Earth. The launch could take place as early as November 25.

Grossman will speak in two locations on the west coast of Florida . On Saturday, November 5 he will speak at 1:00 p.m. at 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota.

At 2:00 p.m on Sunday, November 6 he will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church , 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater, Florida. Drawing on NASA’s own documents and decades of reporting on the nuclear industry, he will examine dangers of the planned launch, NASA’s history of plutonium accidents, and how citizens can act to keep our skies nuclear-free.

Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and has been an investigative reporter in print and electronic media for over 40 years. He speaks internationally on nuclear and environmental issues. His books include Power Crazy and The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program ' s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet. He wrote and presented the TV documentary Nukes In Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization of the Heavens. Grossman has won journalism awards, including the George Polk, James Aronson and John Peter Zenger Awards. His reporting led to the campaign opposing the launch of the Cassini space probe with 72.3 pounds of plutonium on board, a story on 60 Minutes, and hundreds of people opposing the Cassini launch in a protest at Cape Canaveral in 1997.

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