Correction: Germany and Japan Abandon Nuclear, Now Salem Harbor Will Close by 2014
CORRECTION MAY 13, 2011: It was reported that Salem Harbor was a nuclear plant in the original post. That is incorrect. It is a coal and oil-fired plant.
Boston Globe reported on May 12th: The owners of the coal- and oil-fired Salem Harbor Power Station announced yesterday they will shutter the plant within three years because environmental regulations and facility upgrades make the plant too costly to operate. Read entire article, click here.
Germany and Japan are abandoning nuclear and now we see the first U.S. nuclear plant will be closed in 2014. In March, Business Week reported, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated the “catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions” has irreversibly marked the start of a new era. Germany is turning to renewables and alternative safer energy resources.
The Guardian UK reported today, is to abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and make renewables a key part of its energy policy, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, said as the country marked two months since the tsunami disaster.
As workers continued efforts to stabilise the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Kan said he would “start from scratch” a policy that initially envisaged nuclear making up more than 50% of Japan’s energy needs by 2030.
Japan, whose 54 nuclear reactors provide 30% of its electricity, had planned to build at least 14 new reactors over the next 20 years, but policymakers accept that will be impossible in light of the Fukushima crisis.
Greenpeace reported today: Salem Harbor Generating Station to close by 2014.
Yesterday’s Independent System Operator (ISO) proposal on upgrades to the transmission system removes any impediment to shutting down Salem Harbor Generating Station.
The closure of this plant will be the culmination of years of work by local citizens and organizations like SalemSafe, Healthlink, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the Conservation Law Foundation.
“The ISO analysis is consistent with the view of the plant owners and the public that the life of this polluting dirty coal plant is over. It is time to move forward with clean sustainable technology and efficiency. The sooner our money is spent on the future rather than the past, the better for our wallets as well as our health,” says Jane Bright, HealthLink.
The impending shut down of Salem Harbor Generating Station is a symbol of things to come; all across the country, economic conditions, citizen activism that springs from health concerns, and common-sense pollution regulations are changing America’s energy landscape.
“Yesterday’s ISO proposal on Salem Harbor Generating Station represents the very real victory of people over dirty energy interests. Residents of the North Shore will no longer have this menace in their community threatening our public health and our environment,” said David Lands, Greenpeace’s Massachusetts-based Organizer.