Greenpeace has brought John Large from the UK to New Zealand to appear before the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee hearings on the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Extension Bill on May 17th. Greenpeace is making submissions in support of the Greens bill to extend New Zealand's nuclear free zone from 12 miles out to the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
John Large is an independent nuclear engineer with expertise in
the area of the risks and hazards associated with the sea transport
of nuclear materials, specifically plutonium MOX. He will be giving
evidence to the Committee on the specific risks that an accident
involving plutonium MOX fuel poses for both the health of New
Zealanders and their environment.
John Large will be suppporting Greenpeace's submission that
proposes a legal regime to protect New Zealand's EEZ from the
threat posed by the increasing number of nuclear fuel shipments
transiting the Tasman en route from Europe to Japan.
During his career John has worked for a number of government
agencies including the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Russian
Minatom as well as working with NGOs such as Greenpeace. He has
consulted on a number of accidents at sea involving nuclear
propelled and armed vessels and is currently advising the Gibraltan
authorities on the status of the UK nuclear submarine, the
Tireless, when a structural design fault forced it to dock in
Gibraltar last May.
New Zealand and Australia have no off site emergency plans in
place if an accident involving the nuclear fuel shipments,
particularly a release of plutonium into the atmosphere, occurred
off our coast.
John Large's experience with the nuclear industry spans thirty
years and covers most areas from nuclear reactor safety, through to
the transport of nuclear materials, nuclear weapons and the
decommissioning of facilities.
John Large will appear before the select committee Thursday 17th
May, 9.30 in room GOO5, Old Parliament House
He will be in Wellington till Saturday morning, and is available
for media interviews.