An online petition campaign to preserve the state’s existing law regulating licensing of new nuclear power reactors has been launched by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) in cooperation with One Wisconsin Now (OWN). The message:
We urgently need your help to maintain reasonable restrictions on nuclear power in Wisconsin.
Learn more and sign our petition here, or read on.
Wisconsin has wisely had a state law in place since 1983 that prohibits the construction of new nuclear reactors unless two conditions are met:
1. There is a federally-licensed facility to dispose of high-level radioactive waste from the reactors, and
2. The Public Service Commission makes a finding that nuclear power makes economic sense.
The nuclear industry, using concerns over global climate change, is trying to resurrect itself as a viable option, calling nuclear energy a ‘clean’ solution.
The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming, as part of a long list of recommendations, has proposed relaxing the law on nuclear reactors and eliminating the requirement that the waste disposal problem be solved.
To license more reactors to produce more deadly radioactive waste without any way to dispose of it is not only irresponsible. It is unconscionable.
Sign HERE to stop that from happening.
The waste generated by the reactors is so deadly that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued rules requiring that it be kept out of the environment and away from humans for up to a million years! To put that into perspective, 15,000 years ago Wisconsin was covered by glaciers.
Opening Wisconsin to more nuclear plants could have another dangerous side effect ‘ increasing federal pressure to select our state as the repository for the nation’s radioactive waste, in the granite formations in central and northern Wisconsin.
Nuclear power has never made economic sense, despite rosy predictions. No new nuclear plants are being built because the economic risks are too high. That’s why the nuclear industry keeps looking for billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidy.
Act now! Sign this petition! Tell the governor and legislators there are far better ways to fight global warming than risking the safety and economic well-being of Wisconsinites by opening the door to more nuclear reactors.
Chamomile Nusz and Bill Christofferson, co-chairs,
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.