The US House Energy Committee released a letter to the NRC trying to dissuade them from implementing the post Fukushima safety upgrades. While this letter was sent on Energy Committee letterhead it was only from a few members of the Committee. The politicians who signed it (all republicans) below along with their nuclear industry funding:
Renee Ellmers (Republican) most of her donations are from donation bundlers or PACs so actual donors are hard to follow but she does make this statement where the first energy source she champions is nuclear power and she declares it as an “alternative energy source”
A number of these politicians also received money from the Freedom Project PAC, donors to the PAC include FirstEnergy(an executive donated twice) , American Electric Power (their chairman and two presidents, a senior vp, and another vp)
All but 3 signatories of this letter trying to pressure the NRC had major nuclear industry funding. Many of these people also received money from Freedom Project. Conveniently the paid for politicians of the nuclear industry happen to be on the energy committee and just happened to suddenly have an issue with the NRC trying to assure public safety when the nuclear industry decides they don’t like it. Part of what this protest is about is filtered vents the NRC is considering requiring as Europe has since the 1980′s. Even TEPCO has voluntarily decided to install filtered vents.
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