An active nuclear power plant in Washington state is being refueled.
Washington’s Columbia Generating Station, or C.G.S will be refueled using raw radioactive material.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that radiation levels in the area will increase significantly, but that the equipment used to measure that radiation will be completely shut down during the refueling process.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Miriam German of No Nukes Northwest about the plant’s current problems and the future of nuclear power in Oregon and Washington. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)
The city of Denton, Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last November. Despite being overspent 10 to 1 in campaign funding, the anti-fracking initiative passed by a wide margin of 18%, which included a majority of both Democratic and Republican voters.
However, the Texas state legislature effectively overturned the ban by passing House Bill 40. The law also limits the ability of all Texas municipalities from regulating fracking within their city limits.
Fracking has started back up in Denton. The Denton City Council meets Tuesday, June 2 to decide whether to repeal the ban.
To find out more, KBOO's Ken Jones spoke with Cathy McMullen, president of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group. 6:34 minutes (3 MB)
With Oregon’s diesel emissions being the sixth highest in the nation, attempts to pass laws that might put the State’s limits on par with California’s have stalled in the legislature.
Because State law limits diesel emissions very little, activists are concerned that Oregon has become a dumping ground for vehicles and engines that would be illegal elsewhere.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Mary Peveto of Neighbors for Clean Air about the campaign.
5:07 minutes (4.68 MB)