Nuclear watchdogs object to threat to public safety and civil liberties from “deadly physical force” bill in MI House of Representatives
Beyond Nuclear has joined with long-time watchdogs on the government-nuclear industry complex in Michigan, including Don't Waste MI and MSEF, to decry a proposed bill before the State House of Representatives as a violation of civil liberties, and a serious risk to public safety for residents and visitors near atomic reactors and radioactive waste storage sites in the Great Lakes State.
On Tuesday, March 4 at 9 AM, the Energy and Technology Committee of the Michigan House, chaired by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-66th District, site of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant), will hold a hearing on HB 5282 (introduced by Rep. Pscholka, R-79th District, site of the Cook Nuclear Power Plant), regarding the “right to use force when providing security at a nuclear generating facility.” HB 5282 is described as “[a] bill to create the security act for nuclear energy; and to clarify the rights and duties of officers providing security at nuclear generating facilities.”
Section 2 of HB 5282 allows use of “deadly physical force” at Michigan’s nuclear power plants. The hearing on HB 5282 will be held in Room 519, House Office Building, Lansing, MI. (To view text of legislation go to: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeBillRecord)
“This ‘Deadly Physical Force’ bill is exhibit number one proving that nuclear power cannot co-exist with basic democratic freedoms and civil liberties, even something as ‘Pure Michigan’ as walking along the Great Lakes shorelines,” said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. “Solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and energy efficiency upgrades aren’t known to be terrorist targets. Just having atomic reactors and radioactive waste in our midst undermines our safety and security on a daily basis.”