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Dear Oregon PSR member:
We hope that you find this first electronic edition of our newsletter an informative and valuable resource. Inside this issue are articles on the folly of clinging to the nuclear energy option, efforts by local hospitals to showcase their sustainable food efforts, the need for cleaning up Hanford and much more, including an invitation to join us for our annual commemoration event, this year titled “How Can We Create a Nuclear-Free World? Not Another Hiroshima, Nagasaki or Fukushima.”
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by Rudi Nussbaum, PhD, Former Oregon PSR Board Member
Oregon PSR reaffirms our opposition not only to nuclear weapons, but to the nuclear power industry. Besides the unacceptable lasting effects on public health, even if operating normally, nuclear energy technology cannot be adequately financed by private capital. The nuclear power industry holds citizens hostage to protect its profits, and the industry’s safety claims, including the new label of “safer design,” are largely a cynical hoax.
Oregon PSR’s commitment to protecting public health translates into demanding the decommissioning of all currently operating nuclear plants and encouraging taxpayers to refuse to subsidize the construction of new ones with guaranteed loans and liability insurance premiums.
Rudi H. Nussbaum, PhD was Professor emeritus of Physics and Environmental Sciences at Portland State University and a former Oregon PSR board member. Oregon PSR is saddened by Dr. Nussbaum’s recent death on July 22nd, 2011. We will continue to work to see his vision of a world free from the gravest threats to human health realized, and continue to have our work informed by his invaluable efforts and compassionate insight.
Read a statement on Rudi’s passing by Patricia Hoover (Oregon PSR Member, Northwest Radiation Health Alliance Founding Member, and Hanford downwinder), with whom he tirelessly worked to highlight the unacceptable detrimental health effects related to nuclear radiation.
This fall, Oregon PSR’s Healthy Food in Health Care Project is organizing the inaugural Oregon Hospital Green Chef Challenge, and on October 18th and 19th, the National Healthy Food in Health Care Program will host its 4th biannual FoodMed conference in Seattle.
At the end of a 2010 forum on Hanford cleanup, participants requested that the Forum Steering Committee craft a statement about the need for Hanford cleanup. This request came out of the realization that there was no statement the group could all point to identifying the need for Hanford cleanup. It is not intended to be signed, official or “owned” by anyone—rather, it is an authorless, open-source statement.
Oregon PSR joins the Japanese people, and the world, in mourning those dead, injured and suffering as a result of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. We acknowledge that the “next Fukushima” could be any nuclear power plant anywhere in the world.
The one operating in our own backyard is known as the Columbia Generating Station, or “WPPSS 2” on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a General Electric Type 5, Mark 2 wet reactor. It generates power for about 25 different Washington utilities. Its current operating license is up for renewal in 2023, but the plant’s managers have already started the license extension process.
Please join us on August 7th from 1:00 until 4:00 PM at the Japanese American Historical Plaza on the Portland waterfront for “How Can We Create a Nuclear-Free World? Not Another Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Fukushima,” an afternoon peace fair that expands significantly on our annual commemoration event. We will discuss steps that YOU can take to help abolish nuclear weapons, provide information on alternatives to nuclear power, and have origami workshops, dance performances and other engaging activities for the whole family.