Anti-nuclear movement in the United States

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Anti-nuclear protest at Harrisburg in 1979, following the Three Mile Island Accident.

For many years the anti-nuclear movement in the United States succeeded in delaying or halting commitments to build some new nuclear plants.[1][2][3] Anti-nuclear campaigns that captured national public attention in the 1970s involved the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, and the Three Mile Island accident.[2] More recent targeted campaigning has related to the Indian Point Energy Center, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station,[4] Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station,[5] Salem Nuclear Power Plant,[6] Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant,[7][8] Idaho National Laboratory,[9] proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository,[10][11] the Hanford Site,[12] the Nevada Test Site,[13] Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,[14][15] and transportation of nuclear waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.[16] Many different groups have been involved in various protests and demonstrations over the years.

More than fifty anti-nuclear groups are operating, or have operated, in the United States. These include: Abalone Alliance, Clamshell Alliance, Greenpeace USA, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Musicians United for Safe Energy, Nevada Desert Experience, Nuclear Control Institute, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Public Citizen Energy Program, Shad Alliance, and the Sierra Club.

Many well-known scientists and engineers have expressed reservations about nuclear power. These people include: Barry Commoner, S. David Freeman, John Gofman, Amory Lovins, Arjun Makhijani, Gregory Minor and Joseph Romm.

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  1. Nuclear Politics
  2. 2.0 2.1 Social Protest and Policy Change: Ecology, Antinuclear, and Peace Movements p. 44.
  3. Lights Out at Shoreham: Anti-nuclear activism spurs the closing of a new $6 billion plant
  4. Oyster Creek's time is up, residents tell board
  5. Pilgrim Watch
  6. UNPLUG Salem
  7. Vermont Yankee License Renewal
  8. Eleven arrested in latest protest over Vermont Yankee
  9. Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free
  10. Four Score Organizations Express Opposition to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump
  11. Deadly Nuclear Waste Transport
  12. Hanford History
  13. 22 Arrested in Nuclear Protest
  14. Hundreds Protest at Livermore Lab
  15. More than 80 people arrested at annual protest at Livermore lab
  16. About CCNS