Ratepayers could save $1.7 billion over the next 17 years if the Columbia Generating Station (CGS) nuclear power plant in Washington State is closed according to a new report by McCullough Research of Portland, Oregon.
The CGS, the only plant completed of the five plants begun by the Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS), contains a General Electric boiling water reactor similar to those destroyed during Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
“We believe this report demonstrates clearly that aging nuclear reactors, in addition to having safety problems, are having trouble competing in the electric power market,” says Dr. Catherine Thomasson, PSR national executive director. The report was commissioned by the Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility local affiliate chapter.Read full report here
A local geologist examining existing knowledge of the seismic activity on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the Mid-Columbia basin has concluded that the earthquake standards set for the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are at least 300% lower than should be required.Read more
Come together with the community to honor victims of nuclear weapons and join in the call for peace and nuclear disarmament. The annual Hiroshima to Hope at Green Lake will be filled with music and story-telling before floating lanterns into the water and watching the summer breeze carry them away. Tuesday, Aug. 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Northwest shore, Green Lake, SeattleDownload the flyer here
IN MY LIFETIME provides a comprehensive look at the impact of the nuclear age from its beginnings to today.
With archival footage and contemporary interviews from Europe, Japan, and the US, the film features multiple perspectives including international efforts by citizens, scientists and political leaders to eliminate the nuclear threat.
Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle. Film at 7:00 with discussion afterwards. Co-hosted with Ground Zero and Hanford Challange.Download flyer
Disarmament. A decade after the end of the Cold War, the world carried the burden of over 30,000 nuclear weapons into the new millennium.More on Energy and Peace »
Founded in 1980, WPSR alerted the public that no meaningful medical response exists to nuclear war, and that "prevention is the only cure."More on Hanford Nuclear Reservation »
"According to “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal pollutants have been linked to four of the five leading causes of death in our nation, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases. As leaders in our state debate the future of TransAlta, they must take the health impacts of coal seriously and insist that the plant transition off coal as soon as possible."
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A new analysis by Washington and Oregon PSR says earthquake risks were seriously underestimated when the state’s only commercial nuclear-power plant was built almost 30 years ago on the Hanford nuclear reservation.Source: Seattle Times
PSR is among groups asking for a “single, comprehensive” environmental impact statement on proposed coal terminals in Washington State.Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
PSR will be working with economist Robert McCullough to examine the business case for an early retirement of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant.Source: Wall Street Journal
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Following the dropping of the bill this week in Olympia, the Coal Free Washington Campaign needs the voices of health professionals to secure advancement of this legislation.
Health professionals have a significant part to play in the effort to eliminate coal fired power plants and on December 8th we hope you will join us for an educational morning focused on educating health professionals about the dangerous effects of coal-fired plants.