Columbia Generating Station Has Third Unplanned Shutdown in 18 Months

The Columbia Generating Station, the Pacific Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant, remains offline today after an unplanned shutdown early Friday morning, May 18th. The latest outage is the third unplanned shutdown in the past two years (occurring in December 2016 and August 2017), and the plant remains on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s heightened scrutiny list. Health professionals are concerned about the safety implications of the 35-year-old reactor, formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) plant #2, which was originally designed to operate for only 40 years.

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Portland Clean Energy Fund Begins Collecting Signatures

Click here to find upcoming opportunities to get trained to gather signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

Last week, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Benjamin Souede ruled that the Portland Clean Energy Fund city ballot initiative is constitutional, clearing Oregon PSR and our partners to gather signatures for this exciting and historic campaign. We now have until July 6th to gather 43,000 signatures to qualify the Portland Clean Energy Fund for the November 2018 ballot. Our community can take proactive steps to fight climate change while addressing social and economic inequity by providing major new economic opportunities for low-income Portlanders, including women and communities of color. 

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Factsheet: Public Health & Deportation

In advance of May Day, Oregon PSR released our new fact sheet on deportation and public health. In the past several years, we have become more engaged in supporting immigrant rights from a health perspective, and offer this factsheet as a resource for health professionals and others to understand the public health implications of deportation on families, children, and the wider community.

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Tell the DEQ to Protect Air Quality in Boardman

PGE wants the Oregon DEQ to approve an eight-fold increase in smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a three-fold increase in carbon monoxide. If PGE’s gets its way, Carty 1—a two-year-old gas plant—would produce more than twice as much smog-forming VOC pollution as the soon-to-be-retired Boardman coal plant.

Tell DEQ that PGE should fix their pollution problem and limit emissions to protect our health and our climate. Sign the petition before the comment period closes on April 30th, 2018.

Read more about the health impacts of fracked gas.

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Mustafa Returns to Portland for Medical Treatment

We are thrilled to announce that 15 year-old Mustafa Abed, accompanied by his mother, Nidhal, has returned from Iraq to Portland for a several month stay to obtain urgently needed medical care. Oregon PSR has been been collecting funds to support Mustafa's health needs, and now we are working with the non-profit group Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), which is officially sponsoring Mustafa’s medical care visit to Portland.

Update 5/16: Oregon PSR is now accepting donations for an adaptive bike and medical supplies for Mustafa to take home to Iraq. Visit our donation page and write "Mustafa" in the special designations field. 

Read the Oregonian story on Mustafa's return.

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Help Pass the Portland Clean Energy Fund

Click here to find an event to get trained to gather signatures for the Portland Clean Energy Fund.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) is a petition for a November 2018 ballot measure that would increase Portlanders’ resilience to climate change and counteract racial and economic injustice. PCEF would authorize a 1% supplemental business license fee on retail corporations that make over $1 billion in nationwide annual sales. The fee would generate over $30 million a year in revenue, which PCEF will mobilize to advance environmental justice and public health efforts in Portland.

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Now is The Time For a Nuclear-Free Northwest

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The Nuclear-Free Northwest Program of Oregon and Washington PSR strives to protect human and environmental health from the inherent threats posed by nuclear power. Due to the negative impacts on human health caused by uranium mining and processing, working with nuclear fuel, radioactive waste transport and storage, and risk of meltdowns and proliferation, nuclear power presents a public health risk that is far too great to justify its use. Additionally, the high cost of nuclear energy puts an undue burden on ratepayers, particularly those in low-income communities. Renewable energy and energy efficiency can fulfill our electricity needs and mitigate climate change while protecting healthy air, water, and communities.

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Oregon PSR Takes on Violence at Home and Abroad

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Grounded in our founding as an organization of health professionals concerned about the health implications of nuclear war, Oregon PSR’s Peace Program addresses the spectrum of war, militarism, and violence as threats to human health. From mass shootings and anti-immigrant hate groups to nuclear weapons, our society’s reliance on violence and militarism to solve problems is not, as the saying goes, “healthy for children and other living things.”

Thankfully, our volunteer Peace Work Group has grown substantially over the past year, and we are actively bringing the public health voice to a variety of intersecting issues that fall under our broad peace umbrella.

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Celebrating Victory Over Big Oil!

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On February 27th, the Port of Vancouver, WA and Tesoro agreed to early termination of Tesoro’s lease of port space. This marked the end of efforts to build and operate what would have been the largest oil train terminal in the country. We’re immensely grateful to all who worked towards this goal, including our many members who spoke out against this project, members of Oregon PSR’s Healthy Climate Action Team, and our partners in the Stand Up to Oil (SUTO) coalition. Opposition to this project fueled a five-year campaign powered by a fierce determination to protect our families, our communities, and our climate.

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A Letter From Our Board President

Dear Oregon PSR Supporter,

Pat__Diana__and_Violet_pic_1.jpgI suspect that many of you, like me, are horrified by much of the news and the daily assaults on public health from many fronts. The Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress seem determined to undermine protections to health and the environment, and we find ourselves dangerously close to an unthinkable nuclear conflict. The recent Oregon State legislative short session was in many ways disappointing and, particularly around air toxics legislation, deeply concerning. While it is easy to focus on the troubling developments in Washington DC and Salem, it is also important to recognize and celebrate our victories and progress. We have won some significant victories and we are making real progress towards our vision of a peaceful, just, healthy, safe, nuclear-free, non-toxic world.

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