A new report written by nuclear energy expert Robert Alvarez, and commissioned by Washington and Oregon PSR, reveals new risks associated with the CGS reactor at Hanford. The report, entitled “The Hazards of High-Level Radioactive Waste in the Pacific Northwest: A Review of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at the Columbia Generating Station,” highlights serious concerns about a possible earthquake disaster; harmful doses of contamination to workers; and the location of the plant workers' parking lot next to a newly discovered site of radioactive waste buried at Hanford. Alvarez is a former policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.Read the full report here.
WPSR, Hanford Challenge, and United Association Local 598 announced a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hanford contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS). The goal is to ensure that workers at the Hanford nuclear site are protected from exposures to toxic vapors from Hanford’s high-level nuclear waste tanks. Over 56 workers have been sent for medical evaluation since March 2014. After 30 reports about the vapor issue in the last 25 years, it is time to take real action. Washington’s Attorney General filed a similar notice of intent to sue this week, as well.To read the full press release, please click here.
Our seventh medical delegation to Gaza is now on the ground providing medical aid and critically needed medicines and supplies. Nine medical professionals – including three surgeons, a cardiologist, an emergency/family practice physician, a nurse practitioner, a palliative care nurse, a stress management provider, and a psychologist – will spend the next 10 days seeing patients, observing and assisting with surgeries, and teaching classes. WPSR board member Gerri Haynes is chronicling their trip in a series of blog updates.
WPSR will be presenting information about human health impacts of oil transport and storage in WA State at several upcoming events, including public hearings in Spokane and Olympia and a public panel discussion in Hoquiam. Join us to learn more about this public health issue, and to share your perspective and concerns with decision makers throughout our state.Click here for details on the events
A report on used nuclear fuel management at the nuclear power plant near Richland will be released Wednesday in Seattle by Heart of America Northwest and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.Source: Tri-City Herald
WPSR will be presenting information about human health impacts of oil transport and storage in WA State at several upcoming events, including public hearings in Spokane and Olympia and a public panel discussion in Hoquiam.
During the week of September 21 world leaders will assemble at the U.N. in New York to take up climate change. A massive march is planned for September 21 in NYC.
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Tell your senators and representative to support diplomacy with Iran. The more voices that are heard, the better the chances of this agreement taking effect smoothly. Everyone's voice matters!
Coal ash is toxic. Tell President Obama that protection from coal ash contamination has to be robust, mandatory and nationwide.
Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans on climate change and carbon reduction. Read more »