Oregon PeaceWorks emerged from the successful 1980 effort to pass a statewide ballot measure which stopped the development of new nuclear plants in Oregon. It required the existence of an operating federal repository for high-level nuclear waste and a vote of the people before new nuclear plants could be sited in Oregon. Because the nuclear industry, despite its claims, has not been able to meet these criteria, this ballot measure has protected Oregonians from the dangers and high costs of pursuing nuclear-generated electricity for the past forty years.
A recent OpEd article in the Portland Tribune heavily and erroneously promoted nuclear power. Former OPW Director Peter Bergel responded to this editorial with an OpEd of his own. See below. Reprints are welcome.
In 2021, three bills were introduced into the Oregon Legislature that threatened the provisions of this measure. Download a Legislative Alert about these threatening bills, a fact sheet about small nuclear reactors (SMRs) and/or an SMR talking-points analysis below. Please feel free to re-post, print and distribute this information.