Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power!
Attention: News Editor
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2015
Jay Sweeney 570-587-3603
Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick 610-662-4502
Hillary Kane 267-971-3559
GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA
March 11, 2015 marks the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident. Radiation from the nuclear facility continues to enter the Pacific ocean and the atmosphere.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania joins organizations around the world to Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power! Nuclear energy is dangerous, expensive and unnecessary.
GPPA calls for the divestment of funds from nuclear energy generation and the immediate investment of those funds into renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal.
We call for everyone to reduce their use of electrical power on March 11, 2015 and to remember the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.
"The human and environmental costs that Japan paid and continues to pay because of that disaster should not be duplicated in other areas around the world." said Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Steering Committee GPPA.
"This [nuclear power] is an industry that would fall completely if it had to face free enterprise risk patterns. Unfortunately, there have been very few lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster, which has led to an uninhabitable region in Japan, over a quarter of a million people homeless or refugees, and still more tonnage of radioactive water pouring into the Pacific and even being seen on the West Coast in our country, in terms of detection. So, we have to phase out nuclear power as fast as possible, because many of the reactors are just like the Fukushima reactor designs, by the way, and they are near earthquake faults. Now, the Indian Point reactors, two of them, they're aging. They're 30 miles north of Manhattan. So, it's not evacuable in case of an accident. I mean, New York City has trouble evacuating at rush hour time. So the condemnation of nuclear power is: It is uneconomic, it is unnecessary, it is uninsurable, it is unevacuable, and it is unnecessary. And the sooner we phase it out, the sooner we avoid the risk of rendering hundreds of square miles in our country radioactively uninhabitable." (response by Ralph Nader during 3/12/15 interview on Democracy Now!)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is meant to protect public safety by enforcing regulations at U.S. nuclear power plants. Every year since 2010, the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed the NRC's performance. U.S. nuclear power plants experienced 10 near-misses in 2013. "Near-misses" are defined as incidents where the chances of an accident involving core damage are increased by a factor of 10 or more.
The Exelon Generation Co., LLC which owns and operates five of the nine nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania has had serious crises at several of its nuclear reactors across the U.S. in the past decade. Two of the ten near-misses cited by UCS in 2013 happened at Excelon plants one of which is in New Jersey. One 2013 near-miss cited by UCS occurred at Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Unit 2 in Salem Township, PA which was and still is operated by PPL Susquehanna, LLC.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non violence and ecology.
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