Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) has released a new report documenting the history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. The group says that these incidents like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan illustrate that nuclear power carriers with it risks that are simply not worth taking.
“Nuclear power is simply too risky,” said Jenn Lavelle, Field Director with OSPIRG. “Even the best technology can’t control what Mother Nature throws our way. We can’t afford to gamble with technologies that could unleash radioactive pollution into our communities.”
The report includes details about the various crises around the country that have occurred the years. The organization hopes to make a case for ending nuclear usage in the United States. To read the full report, visit OSPIRG’s website at ospirg.org.
“The nuclear crisis in Japan is a terrifying reminder of all that can go wrong at a nuclear power plant. The United States must move away from this inherently dangerous technology and towards safer energy sources,” said Lavelle.
OSPIRG is calling on the Obama administration to put a freeze on the construction of new nuclear reactors and to suspend re-licensing of the oldest plants in the country until all safety concerns have been addressed.