Full Transcript Now Available for Interview with my Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Japan Nuclear Disaster

Cross-posted on my geology blog Georneys.

I just wanted to post quickly that thanks to two kind and hard-working Skepchick readers, there is now a full transcript for my interview with my dad, Commander Mark L. Mervine, US Navy, about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

The transcript can be found here:
A Conversation with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan

I asked my dad if I could interview him later this week as more information about the nuclear disaster becomes available. He said he would be happy to be interviewed again. If you have any specific questions, please post them below and he will try to answer them.

And, just because I can, below is another adorable picture of my dad & me when I was a child. I’ve asked my mom to send some more recent pics of my dad & me as I don’t have any on my computer for some reason. The picture below was taken when I visited Scotland, where my dad was working on nuclear submarines.

My dad & I, circa 1987 or so.


Evelyn is a geologist, writer, traveler, and skeptic residing in Cape Town, South Africa with frequent trips back to the US for work. She has two adorable cats; enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking; and has a very large rock collection. You can follow her on twitter @GeoEvelyn. She also writes a geology blog called Georneys.

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  1. Evelyn, this is one of the most informative articles/interviews I’ve heard on the matter. Good, solid, evidence based information. Top skeptic form! Thanks so much, I’ve been sending it to everyone.

  2. Excellent!

    There is so much misinformation about nuclear energy and constantly I am explaining that it is not like nuclear weaponry and is really not that scary. Thank you for doing a well-thought and reasoned interview!

    Additionally, this site also explained it much better than any news outlet has tried:

    Side comment: my dad also worked on nuclear subs in the mid-80s. Although I don’t know what sub he worked on, maybe I need to call and ask him (but right now the plants are in an outage, so it’s kind of crazy schedule for him.) We were stationed in Charleston, SC and briefly in Hartford, CT. High five for nuclear babies!

  3. Thanks to you Evelyn for performing the interview, and thanks to your Dad for making one of the clearest statements on this situation I’ve seen. I’m also sending it around.

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