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Carbon-impacts of the Columbia Generating Station (WPPSS Nuclear Plant 2)

Government Report Shows that Nuclear Uranium Deal was Illegal The Energy Northwest uranium deal was brokered to keep the Paducah enrichment plant open. It also takes eight coal-fired power plants running full time to keep the Paducah plant operating. This is part of the carbon footprint of the Columbia Generating Station (WPPSS-2). By Leslie March, Sierra Club, June 13, 2014

Kentucky Fried Politics - the story of how two U.S. Senators, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and tea party advocate Rand Paul, teamed up to scam ratepayers in the Northwest by forcing Energy Northwest, part of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), to pay $700 million for enriched uranium–that BPA didn’t even need–that could have been purchased on the open market for $450 million.
The Paducah uranium enrichment plant that benefitted from this deal is a huge contributor of global-warming gases to the atmosphere. By David Cay Johnston, Newsweek, January 23, 2014
Commentary on the article here

New Report: Ratepayers Could Save $1.7 Billion if Aging Nuclear Plant at Hanford is Closed The full report also states that although the plant is considered “carbon free,” its owner, Energy Northwest (formerly WPPSS), purchased nuclear fuel worth $700 million from a now-closed fuel enrichment plant in Paducah, Kentucky. “The dirty carbon footprint of nuclear power is not as well known as it should be,” notes Susan Corbett, Chair of the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign. “The fact that Energy Northwest served as the broker to run the dirty Paducah nuclear fuel plant for an additional year is a black eye for them and the industry as a whole.”  Physicians for Social Responsibility, December 11, 2013

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