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Nuclear Power Seminar in Placid

— The Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society will sponsor a free seminar about nuclear power and global energy impacts.

The seminar, “Nuclear Power in Perspective,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Crown Plaza Resort, Grandview Room A, in Lake Placid. Speaker Dr. Frank Settle, chemistry professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., will compare nuclear and fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in the U.S. and on a global level.

Settle is a recognized expert in nuclear energy and nuclear science and has been a member of American Chemical Society for 50 years. The American Chemical Society has nicknamed him the “chemistry ambassador.”

Seminar organizer Dr. Vinay Likhite, who is also the director of the Cancer Research Center in Plattsburgh and the founder and president of the Champlain Valley Immunology Foundation, Inc., said he expects a broad range of people to take interest in the subject.

“I think for people who are worried about nuclear energy, and people who are worried about nuclear terrorists, this is a very serious topic and people should know more,” Likhite said.

The presentation will explore the different types, ages and locations of nuclear power reactors in the U.S., including the Vermont Yankee facility in Brattleboro, Vt.

One of the goals for the seminar is to provide insight into nuclear power position in the nation’s source of electricity.

“We want a large number of people to be aware of nuclear energy,” Likhite said. “It has potential to be a huge problem. The world is much more dangerous than we think.”

Settle’s presentation will compare the cost of generated electricity with natural gas and coal and provide a perspective on the future of the energy sources in the U.S.

Settle will also address issues associated with proliferation of nuclear weapons and global warming.

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