Campaign for Safe Energy

IT’S TIME WE RETIRE OUR NUKE PLANTS— Nuclear power is neither a safe nor a reliable energy source, and we're working to make sure the government minimizes the risk from our existing nuclear power plants right away and stops construction of any new plants.

It's Time to close down our aging plants

• Twenty-three of our nuclear plants nationwide have reactors of the same design as those that utterly failed in Fukushima, Japan — including both of the active reactors at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, located in York County.

• Pennsylvania’s nine active nuclear reactors are on average over 30 years old.                   

• U.S. nuclear reactor sites host 100 pools containing spent nuclear fuel. A fire in one of these pools would pose a serious risk of widespread radiation release, as shown by the Fukushima disaster.

• In the case of a major catastrophe, evacuation plans aren’t sufficient — population increases in the past decades, coupled with deteriorating and antiquated roadways, leaves millions at risk of being stuck in harm’s way.

NUCLEAR POWER IS INHERENTLY UNSAFE

For decades, PennPIRG has campaigned against nuclear power. It's inherently dangerous, potentially catastrophic, and a terrible investment for our country. The nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan have become the most recent example of that troubling reality.

More than 70% of Pennsylvanians live within the 50-mile evacuation zone of a nuclear power plant — that’s more than 10 million men, women and children who are one unlikely series of mishaps away from potential disaster.

There is no known safe level of exposure to radiation, and mortality rates from more than mild exposure are extremely high. The levels of radiation that could escape from our reactors in the event of an accident or natural disaster could dramatically harm human health.

Issue updates

News Release | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Nuclear Power Threatens PA Drinking Water

Philadelphia, PA – The drinking water for 6.7 million people in Pennsylvania could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) Education Fund.

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Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Too Close to Home

In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant – inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies.

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News Release | PennPIRG | Safe Energy

Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 16 - Statement of PennPIRG State Director Megan DeSmedt, in response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

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Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Unacceptable Risk

As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States.

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Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

The High Cost of Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is among the most costly approaches to solving America’s energy problems.
Per dollar of investment, clean energy solutions – such as energy efficiency and renewable resources – deliver far more energy than nuclear power.

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News Release | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Nuclear Power Threatens PA Drinking Water

Philadelphia, PA – The drinking water for 6.7 million people in Pennsylvania could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) Education Fund.

> Keep Reading
News Release | PennPIRG | Safe Energy

Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 16 - Statement of PennPIRG State Director Megan DeSmedt, in response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

> Keep Reading
Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Too Close to Home

In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant – inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies.

> Keep Reading
Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Unacceptable Risk

As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States.

> Keep Reading
Report | PennPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

The High Cost of Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is among the most costly approaches to solving America’s energy problems.
Per dollar of investment, clean energy solutions – such as energy efficiency and renewable resources – deliver far more energy than nuclear power.

> Keep Reading
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