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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Don't ease state's nuke power laws

From a letter to the editor by Chamomile Nusz, Amherst, and Bill Christofferson of The Capital Times:

Dear Editor: As co-chairs of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, a statewide network of 165 organizations working for social justice and a sustainable world, we ask Gov. Jim Doyle and members of the Legislature to continue Wisconsin's long-standing and reasonable limitations on the construction of nuclear plants.

Although Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming recommended changes to the nuclear power plant law, we believe that the current law provides vital protections to Wisconsin's consumers, environment, and future generations -- protections the proposed change would remove.

Current law requires that before the Public Service Commission can authorize the construction of a nuclear plant, "a federally licensed facility … with adequate capacity to dispose of high-level nuclear waste from all nuclear power plants operating in this state will be available, as necessary, for disposal of the waste."

For more than 50 years, the nuclear industry and the federal government have failed to solve this critical problem.

Christofferson and Nusz co-chair the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

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