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After a strong outpouring of support from PSR, Heart of America Northwest, and Fellowship of Reconciliation, along with strategic help from the Sierra Club and the Northwest Energy Coalition, Resolution 31667 unanimously passed the full Seattle City Council under the leadership of Council member Kshama Sawant.
Resolution 31667 will:
This Resolution is an important step in moving our region toward a cleaner and safer energy future.
Background Information on Resolution 31667
Residents of Seattle, through their public utility Seattle City Light, have a seat on the state-chartered board that manages the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power reactor (located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation).
This reactor is of similar GE boiling water reactor design to those which suffered catastrophic accidents in Japan. The land where it is located is vulnerable to more than twice the ground motion in an earthquake than the nuclear power plant was designed to withstand.
In addition to being of a proven dangerous design, the CGS has created as many curies of radioactive waste as were produced at Hanford during nuclear weapons production, with no safe disposal site available.
Until now, Seattle has not provided meaningful oversight or asked why Northwest ratepayers are spending, on average, over $100 million a year to subsidize a dangerous nuclear reactor. By agreeing to support Res. 31667, Seattle City Light, Mayor Murray, and the Seattle City Council are on the record in support of our goal for a carbon-free, nuclear-free future in the Northwest.
Read more in this article from the Tri-City Herald.