Columbia Generating Station Water Permit Challenged

State Court asked to overturn Columbia Generation Station water pollution permit NWEA has asked a state court to overturn the new Clean Water Act discharge permit issued by the State of Washington to the Columbia Generating Station. This plant, located at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, is the only one of five “WPPSS” reactors to have been completed.  Joining NWEA in the request are the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) and Columbia Riverkeeper. The Washington Energy […]

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Nuclear Power Plant Waste Discharges to Columbia River Challenged

The nuclear power plant formerly known as WPPSS No. 2, now called the Columbia Generating Station (CGS), has a permit to discharge wastes to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.  A nuclear power plant uses a lot of water and chemicals in its cooling system. The Clean Water Act permit, issued by the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), that allows the plant to both discharge waste water and to take in cooling […]

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New Fire Risks in Nuclear Plants Spent Fuel Pools

NWEA Joins in Petition to NRC Seeking New Rules to prevent Fires in Spent Fuel Pools. Thirty-four organizations have petitioned the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking new rules to ensure that all NRC licensing decisions address startling new information about the potential for fires in the spent fuel pools that house used reactor fuel.  The post-Fukushima analysis was developed by the NRC Staff which found that even a small fire could render 9,400 square miles […]

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Wireless networks the new energy hogs

With rapid growth wireless networks will soon pass data centers as energy hogs, that’s the finding of a new report from researchers in Australia. According to Melbourne’s Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) report: Previous analysis and industry focus has missed the point: access networks, not data centres, as the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services…These networks are inherently energy inefficient and a disproportionate contributor the cloud energy consumption. The report estimates that […]

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NRC Rejects NWEA’s Raising of Fukushima Issues in Relicensing of the Columbia Generating Station/WPPSS No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant

After the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power reactors in Japan, NWEA sought to participate in the process to extend the operating license of the CGS reactor.  The Fukushima reactors are all General Electric boiling water reactors with what is termed a Mark I containment system.  The CGS reactor at Hanford is a Mark II.  The current 40-year operating license expires in 2023 and Energy Northwest, which operates the reactor, is seeking a 20-year […]

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In Memory of Dr. Rudi Nussbaum

With great sadness we note the passing of Dr. Rudi Nussbaum, professor emeritus of Physics at Portland State University.  Dr. Nussbaum, who survived the Holocaust and was an avowed pacifist, was an eloquent opponent of nuclear power and weapons.  Most recently he authored the paper Childhood Leukemia and Cancers Near German Nuclear Reactors: Significance, Context, and Ramifications of Recent Studies.  This paper shows with high statistical power a strongly increasing risk for childhood malignancies with […]

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NWEA Joins Petition to Suspend Licensing at Nuclear Power Facilities Pending Fukushima Investigation

On April 14 and 18, NWEA joined with citizens groups across the country to file an Emergency Petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Petition is supported by a highly informative expert declaration by Dr. Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER). NWEA filed as a potential intervenor in proceedings to consider the application by Energy Northwest (formerly the Washington Public Power Supply System or “WPPSS”) to extend by 20 […]

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Getting the Real Facts about Radiation

A lot of misleading information has been put out on radiation and its health effects since the start of the nuclear power accident in Japan.  Listening to governments, nuclear industry supporters, and the press you would think there are “safe” levels of radiation; unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.  The truth is “there is no lower limit of exposure under which there is no damage and which can be considered ‘safe.’” This quote is from a recently-released paper by […]

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Nuclear Disaster Was Inevitable

Events unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan (six reactors with spent fuel pools and an additional common pool) are very troubling, raising concerns about worker exposure, land and sea contamination, public health, and the costs of clean-up and isolation. And, it isn’t over yet. Despite reassurances from the reactors’ operators Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Japanese government, as well as our very own homegrown nuclear apologists – the U.S. […]

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