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URGE YOUR REPS TO CO-SPONSOR HR 1242, Nuclear Power Plant Safety Act of 2011

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URGE YOUR REPS TO CO-SPONSOR HR 1242, Nuclear Power Plant Safety Act of 2011




April 20, 2011

Dear Friends,

Even while the tragedy of the Fukushima disaster continues and our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Japan, there has been a spate of good news on this side of the Pacific.

*NRG Energy has pulled out of the South Texas Nuclear Project and is taking a $481 million loss--essentially ending that dangerous and unnecessary project.

*An NRC Licensing Board, saying that UniStar Nuclear is not eligible to build a reactor in the U.S. has ordered UniStar and the NRC Staff to show cause as to why they shouldn't rule in NIRS' favor, deny a construction license for Calvert Cliffs-3, and end the proceeding.

*A new Washington Post/ABC News poll  confirms earlier polls: 64% of Americans now oppose new reactor construction--59% strongly oppose.

*An effort in Missouri to institute a Construction-Work-in-Progress (CWIP) bill to support Ameren UE's efforts to license their proposed Callaway reactor failed in the state senate.

And Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced a nuclear bill that is worth supporting. HR 1242 would:

    *  Ensure that nuclear power plants and spent nuclear fuel pools can withstand and adequately respond to earthquakes, tsunamis, strong storms, long power outages, or other events that threaten a major impact.

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