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May updates and stories we're following....

EIA: Renewables to top coal generation for first time in April/May
Data in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Short Term Energy Outlook forecasts renewable energy resources, including hydroelectricity, will generate more electricity in April and May than coal-fired plants. While there are seasonal factors at play, the group said it represents "signs of a tipping point" in the country's generation mix. According to the EIA, all renewables will produce 18% of U.S. electricity in 2019, and almost 20% in 2020. The agency also forecasts that wind generation will surpass hydro "to become the leading source of renewable electricity in both years." 
www.utilitydive.com/news/eia-renewables


Over 70 Percent of California Wildlife Test Positive for Poisons
Rat poisons are toxic killers of any living thing that ingests them, known for poisoning wildlife, children and pets. The harms have been especially well documented in California where owls, kit foxes and hawks that would naturally keep rodents in check are dying after eating poisoned rats and mice. Tragically they slowly bleed to death after their blood stops clotting, and they become more likely to crash into structures or get hit by cars and eaten by predators.

The California Ecosystems Protection Act (A.B. 1788) would prohibit all anticoagulant rodenticides on state property and restrict the most dangerous anticoagulants elsewhere throughout the state. -- There's a wide range of safer alternatives on the market today that don't pose such dangers and that will have a better chance of success if the bill becomes law.

Send a letter to elected officials to support a new bill that would at last rein in the use of these super-toxic rat poisons.  
https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/


Beyond Nuclear speaks out against bailouts for dangerous old atomic reactors in Ohio
Ohio ratepayers should not be gouged on their electric bills, month after month, to subsidize bankrupt FirstEnergy's ongoing operations at dangerously age-degraded atomic reactors like Davis-Besse (picture, right) and Perry.

Beyond Nuclear has just submitted testimony to the Ohio state legislature, opposing such bailouts. Beyond Nuclear, represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge, a Toledo-based attorney, co-led the environmental coalition legal intervention against Davis-Besse's 
20-year license extension, from 2010 to 2016.

Despite the high risks, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission rubber-stamped the 2017 to 2037 license extension anyway. Despite this, the reactor would likely shut down for good, because it has been losing money for many years -- so badly, its owner FirstEnergy is bankrupt. But the long proposed bailouts, if enacted, would keep the high-risk reactor running indefinitely into the future. www.beyondnuclear.org/nuclear-subsidies


Chernobyl at 33: More evidence of slow-moving ecological catastrophe
Following more than a decade of research indicating negative ecological impacts of low dose radiation, a new study points to reduced success in breeding among a type of rodent living in contaminated areas of Chernobyl. The more radiation, the greater the impact; and what would be normal interactions with the natural ecology can make this impact even worse, which is why lab experiments can't replicate it fully. These impacts "can lead to significant
consequences for individuals, populations, and likely even entire ecosystems."  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1117799148730

 
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