Susan Boos, Switzerland

Categories: Lifetime Achievement and Special Recognition – 2012

The journalist Susan Boos spent months researching the consequences of Chernobyl in 1995. She spoke with clean-up workers, representatives of the authorities, scientists, doctors and people contaminated by the Chernobyl fallout. This can be read in her book “Beherrschtes Entsetzen – das Leben in der Ukraine zehn Jahre nach Tschernobyl” (Controlled horror – life in Ukraine ten years after Chernobyl). In Switzerland, she dealt with her own nuclear policy and wrote, among other things, “Radiant Switzerland” – for which she received the NFFA Honorary Award.

Sebastian Pflugbeil, Germany

Categories: Lifetime Achievement and Special Recognition – 2012

The physicist Sebastian Pflugbeil was a co-founder of the New Forum in the German Democratic Republic in 1989. He was minister without portfolio in the last Modrow government led by the SED and responsible for the fact that the Greifswald and Rheinsberg nuclear power plants were shut down and no longer built. He later researched the causes of increased leukaemia rates around the Krümmel nuclear power plant and the victims of Chernobyl and Fukushima. He received the NFFA for his life’s work.

Yves Marignac, France

Category Solution – 2012

The reports and opinions of Yves Marignac are also taken seriously in France by the nuclear regulatory authority and the Institute for Radiation Protection and Reactor Safety. For example a report on the nuclear power plant stress test to Fukushima. Shortly before this, the scenario “Manifest néga Watt” had already been published: France could be nuclear-free by 2050, writes co-author Yves Marignac.

Katsumi Furitsu, Japan

Category Education – 2012

As a medical student in the eighties, Katsumi Furitsu had already learned about the radiation exposure to which nuclear power plant workers are exposed in normal Japanese operation. And early on she turned her attention to the ominous beginning of the nuclear chain: uranium mining. She took measurements to prove the excessiveness of the nuclear-industrial complex. And she was never intimidated.

Gabriela Tsukamoto and Movimento Urânio em Nisa Não, Portugal

Category Resistance – 2012

Mayor Gabriela Tsukamoto and the organisation MUNN (Movimento Urânio em Nisa Não) could succeed in sparing her home community of Nisa in Portugal the fate of so many uranium mining areas. Their resistance finds many comrades-in-arms because uranium was mined in the area until 1991 and former workers with cancer are still fighting for compensation.