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

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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.

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*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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