PETITION to the United States Congress REGARDING THE PRICE ANDERSON ACT
Senators and Congress
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Congress enacted the Price-Anderson Act in 1957 to establish a means to ensure that funds would be available to the public in the event of a nuclear incident. It does not do this. The Price Anderson Act excuses nuclear generators from all but a tiny fraction of the damages which could result from a major nuclear accident.
The refusal to accept full responsibility for actions which cause harm to others is unethical and distinctly defines an attitude of gross irresponsibility. The Price Anderson Act supports politically favored commercial enterprise at the expense of the public's safety and well-being.
The consequences of a major nuclear accident would threaten the lives of millions, and would render vast areas of land unfit for habitation for hundreds or thousands of years, threatening the viability of the entire economy as well as the health and welfare of the current and future public.
The Price Anderson Act applies a statute of limitations for illnesses (like cancer), caused by an accident, and victims of such diseases will be rendered ineligible for any compensation whatsoever after the limiting date expires. This will deprive them of any remedy for damage since most cancers take longer to develop than the statute of limitations in the Act.
The Price Anderson Act in effect has discouraged the development of alternative safer sources of energy which are much less costly to the American taxpaying utility rate payer, as the direct and hidden costs of nuclear plants have proved to be astronomical.
Now Therefore Be It Resolved:
1. The Price Anderson Act must not be renewed.
2. Nuclear Contractors and Operators must assume full responsibility for all damages to the public, without any statute of limitations.