Talk on Sustainability and Nuclear Energy                                                       
This year is the 75th anniversary of the discovery of nuclear fission, a historic event that has transformed our world.  Like many great modern era discoveries, nuclear fission has been a double-edged sword, evoking both fear and admiration .The production of electricity using nuclear fission has also attracted its champions and opponents.   The environmental movement has historically been on the forefront of advocating the abolition of nuclear energy.  However, a significant paradigm shift has recently occurred among many noted environmentalists who now support and advocate for nuclear energy as a key asset in our future energy supply. This latter view in favor of nuclear energy has been expressed in the recently released award-winning film, “Pandora’s Promise” which was shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Steve  Mirsky , a former president of Mishkan Torah, has worked in the nuclear energy field for over 37 years, including at three nuclear power plants in the U.S. He is the Manager of Licensing for NuScale Power, an Oregon company designing a new ,small ,inherently safe modular nuclear power plant.  Previously, Steve worked as a consultant to nuclear power utilities and government nuclear regulatory agencies in the U.S., Spain, Taiwan, Slovakia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Japan. He has degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, is co-author of a patent for radiation shielding material using depleted uranium, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland.

The event will be free and open to the general community. Light refreshments will be available for purchase prior to the program. Mishkan Torah Synagogue is located at 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.