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Guest commentary: Time to change our minds on nuclear power?

 

December 15, 2021



By Rachel Dawson

The era of small-modular nuclear reactors is upon us, but Oregon lives in the past.

Oregon continues to ban nuclear power, while other states with a similar moratorium are taking action to reverse their bans and bring nuclear power to their states.

Oregon voters approved a moratorium on the construction of any new nuclear plants in the state in 1980, just one year after the Three Mile Island partial meltdown.

There was only one nuclear plant in the state at that time: the Trojan Nuclear Plant in Columbia County. Portland General Electric operated the plant until it was de...



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