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E-M:/ US House Limits Nuke Liability with little debate

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

E-M folks:  Update on the Price-Anderson Act vote -- our Senators should be
hearing from us NOW -- AW

HOUSE APPROVES PRICE-ANDERSON ACT: Limits Nuclear Power Plant Liability

The House of Representatives approved legislation today extending a law
that limits the financial liability of nuclear power plant operators in a
major accident or terrorist attack. The House passed bill would extend the
Price-Anderson Act until 2017.  According to the Act, nuclear power plant
operators are individually responsible for no more than $200 million in
damages due to an accident or attack, and taxpayers would pay for cleanup
of any accident over $9.3 billion.

The bill was passed in a particularly odious fashion, and nuclear power
lobbyists convinced House Leadership to rush the bill through with little
time for debate.  So-called "suspension of the rules," the voting technique
used to pass Price-Anderson, is usually reserved for noncontroversial bills
like renaming post office and federal buildings.

The bill now awaits Senate action.

Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108

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