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June 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nuclear power

Deserves fresh, fair review

In attempting to sensationalize Washington’s nuclear-power history [“Energy Northwest considers more nuclear power,” seattletimes.com, Local News, June 3), The Associated Press minimized the most important part of the story: the success that nuclear power is in Washington today.

Our region’s only nuclear-power plant supplies enough low-cost, full-time power for well over a million Washington homes, with no greenhouse-gas emissions.

Attempts to undermine future nuclear options in the region by rehashing our state’s nuclear challenges of the 1970s are irresponsible and fail to recognize how much has changed in nuclear power operations, design, safety, technology and funding options.

Philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Remembering is different from obsessing. If dwelling on the past limits our efforts and ambitions to our past successes, we are guaranteed to miss every new advance, new technology and new opportunity.

It is time to recognize that nuclear power in the 21st century is not what it was in the 20th. It is our only real option for providing the large-scale, reliable, affordable power needed to get America’s economy back on its feet without contributing to climate-change concerns.

— Vic Parrish, CEO, Energy Northwest, Richland

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