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Encore for No Nukes Concerts, Spurred by PA's Three Mile Island

August 1, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. - They organized the 1979 No Nukes concerts after the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania, and now Musicians United for Safe Energy are warming up for a reprise. In response to the earthquake-triggered meltdowns at a Japanese nuclear facility, musicians including: John Hall; Bonnie Raitt; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Doobie Brothers, and others, will perform in a benefit concert this Sunday in Mountain View, California.

Hall, known for the Orleans hit song, "Still the One," was just coming to grips with being voted out of Congress after two terms when the Japan tragedy mobilized him and his fellow alternative-energy activists.

"Many, many people came to me and to Bonnie and Jackson Browne and said, 'Are you guys going to do anything? Can't you please do something, we need somebody to - like you guys did 30 years ago - make a fuss about this and make it a more visible issue.'"

Hall says Sunday's concert at Shoreline Amphitheater is a response to the meltdowns at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

"It's to raise funds for Japanese relief efforts, to help people who were displaced by the tsunami and the nuclear meltdowns there, and also to raise money for solar, wind, geothermal and other safe energy projects here and around the world, but mainly in the United States."

From 2007 to 2011 Hall served as U.S. Representative for New York's 19th District, which includes the Indian Point nuclear plant. He points out that New York City is within a 50-mile radius of the plant, which was the size of the zone the State Department warned Americans in Japan to evacuate after the meltdown.

"The 17 million people who live in that radius, including parts of Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley and all the boroughs, had better be paying attention to this."

The Three Mile Island accident resulted in a partial core meltdown and 140,000 women and children were evacuated from the area around Middletown, Pennsylvania as a precaution. As oil prices rose and government and private commitment to renewable energy development lagged in recent decades, criticism of nuclear energy eased. But, Hall says, those who remember TMI can alert a new generation with a new No Nukes concert by musicians who are still united for safe energy.

Hear the song: www.bigroundrecords.come

Stream the concert: stageit.com

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA