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

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



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