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.
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