Open Letter to Members of the United States Congress from Dr. Helen Caldicott and former Member Eugene Oregon Water and Electric Board, John Bartels.

US citizens- write to your congresspeople to! Use this letter as a template if you like.

20 May, 2011

Dr. Caldicott, a founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, is author of “ Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.” John was elected to the Eugene Water and Electric Board that owned thirty percent of the one million-kilowatt Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. He led Eugene, Oregon to refuse to accept electricity from the plant which action avoided liability for shutdowns and potential nuclear accidents. The plant was later closed and decommissioned ahead of schedule.


This is the nuclear power catastrophe we and countless others have anticipated since the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.

We call upon Members of the United States Congress and President Obama to repeal the Price-Anderson Act that throws liability for nuclear disasters onto taxpayers and utility ratepayers and legislates financial limits on that liability. 

We are overriding our instincts, as an experience health professional and electric utility executive, to engage again in all the arguments against the basically misrepresented nuclear power industry. We know from all-too-familiar experience that this debate is unwinnable against the multi-billion dollar industry arrayed against us. 

We insist elected representatives finally throw the debate into the marketplace where it belongs.  Is nuclear power a good investment? Let the market mechanisms decide.

Our officials don't have to explain, rationalize or obfuscate. Just vote "yes" or "no." Let the truth come out so citizens of the world can finally judge on the facts. 

Helen Caldicott and John Bartels

(John Bartels can be reached at 503-459-6489   or

Comments (4)

Russ Oxley
Said this on 5-20-2011 At 07:27 pm

No more nukes, and close Oyster Creek

Pia Jense
Said this on 5-21-2011 At 05:01 am

Repealing the Price-Anderson Act is an important decision we should not let slip by.

Said this on 6-17-2011 At 10:37 am

let decontamination costs (based on industry experience) be used to create a mandated reserve underwho supervision after the infamous iaea memorandum is overridden and who granted independance from iaea!

chai kalevar

Said this on 7-6-2011 At 10:47 pm


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