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Nuclear Power

In June of 2012, Oregon PSR and Washington PSR formed an official joint Nuclear Power Task Force to coordinate efforts around regional nuclear power issues. Chuck Johnson, a long-time nuclear power activist, was hired to head up the task force. Current goals for the task force include closing the Columbia Generating Station, the Northwest's only remaining nuclear power plant, and to block construction of new nuclear power plants in our region. Please check out the articles below to learn more about this work. For more information or to get involved in this work, please contact Chuck Johnson at 503-777-2794.

Columbia Generating Station Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Free Northwest (website for a coalition of Pacific Northwest organizations working to end nuclear power)

Groups Say Fuel Storage Poses Risk at the Northwest's Lone Commercial Nuclear Plant (article by Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian, 11/23/14)

Groups Seek Closure of Northwest's Only Nuke Plant (KOMO News, 11/20/14)

Hanford Cleanup May Pose Threat to Nearby Workers (article by Gary M. Chittim, King 5 News, 11/19/14)

Seattle-Area Activists Call for Richland Nuclear Plant Shutdown (article by Annette Cary in Tri-City Herald, 11/19/14)

The Hazards of High Level Radioactive Waste in the Pacific Northwest: A Review of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at the Columbia Generating Station (report by Robert Alvarez, November 2014)

Nuclear Power: A Risky Wager for the Northwest (Guest opinion by Bruce Amundson, MD and Chuck Johnson on Crosscut, 9/11/14)

Seattle City Light's Little Nuclear Share (article by Martha Baskin on Crosscut, 8/20/14)

Kentucky-Fried Politics (article by David Cay Johnston in Newsweek, 1/23/14 edition)

Costly to the Core: How the Nuclear Power Plant No One Knows About is Wasting Your Money (article by Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week, 12/11/13 edition)

NEW REPORT: Ratepayers Could Save $1.7 Billion if Aging Nuclear Plant at Hanford is Closed (with links to the economic report by Robert McCullough)

Experts Reach Different Conclusions About Value of Nuclear Plant (article by John Harrison of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

Columbia Generating Station Nuclear Reactor's Earthquake Risk Underestimated, Physicians Call for Shutdown (with links to the seismic study by Terry Tolan)

Oregon and Washington PSR Join Forces to Shut NW Nuke Plant (PDF of an article by Chuck Johnson in the Summer 2012 issue ofThe Folded Crane)

Columbia Generating Station: Why relicense a nuclear power plant 10 years early? (Commentary by John Pearson, MD in The Oregonian)

Shut down the Northwest's only nuclear power plant (Commentary by John Howieson, MD in The Oregonian)

Senator Ron Wyden deserves support on nuclear waste safety (Guest opinion by John Pearson, MD in The Oregonian)

Chuck Johnson on the problems of the Columbia Generating Station (Populist Dialogues video with Chuck Johnson)

Nuclear Power Proposed for Nuclear Clean-up at Hanford: The Irony is Unmistakable (blog posting from Columbia Riverkeeper)

Small Modular Reactors 

Small Modular Reactors: No Solution for the Cost, Safety, and Waste Problems of Nuclear Power (PDF of a fact sheet from National PSR)

Small Modular Reactors: Safety and Security Concerns (a slideshow presentation by Edwin Lyman, Senior Scientist at Union of Concerned Scientists)

Does DOE's Funding Announcement Mark the End of its Irrational Exuberance for SMRs? (an article by Ed Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists)

"New" Nuclear Reactors: Same Old Story (a fact sheet from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service)

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

Are We Safer Now? The Future of Nuclear Power in the Northwest 3.5 Years After Fukushima (PDF of a presentation by Edwin Lyman of Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2014)

International Physicians' Recommendations for Protecting Health After the Fukushima Disaster (PDF from International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, or IPPNW)

Waste Land: Native American Leaders Speak Out Against Proposals to Store Radioactive Waste on Tribal Lands (video produced and directed by Bob Saar for The Nuclear Free Indian Lands Project)

Costs and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster (an article by Steven Starr, PSR National)

Renewable Energy

It's Not Just Alternative Energy Versus Fossil Fuels or Nuclear - Energy Has to Become Decentralized (an article from Washington's Blog)

100% Renewables: Roadmaps for Powering the World with Wind, Water and Sunlight (BC Sustainable Energy Association webinar video)