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Tell Congress: Oppose Proposal to Weaken Nuclear Oversight

When the House passed its version of the latest defense bill in May, it included dangerous rollbacks of oversight of the nation’s nuclear weapons facilities. Luckily, the version of the bill that passed the Senate last week didn’t repeat the House’s mistakes. But the story’s not over yet.

After spending nearly a year in Congress, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 will likely be finalized next week, CQ reported yesterday.

Recent breakdowns in security at nuclear weapons facilities show that the nation’s nuclear weapons complex needs more, not less oversight. The House’s version of the bill would dangerously weaken worker safety standards, as well as oversight by a federal advisory board, leaving nuclear workers and the American public at risk.

But you can help. Learn more here and tell your members of Congress that cutting corners on nuclear safety and security is simply unacceptable.

By: Mia Steinle
Investigator, POGO

Mia Steinle, Investigator Mia Steinle is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight and the civil society coordinator for the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Her work focuses on government management of the oil, gas, and mining industries.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Nuclear Security, Nuclear Weapons Complex Oversight

Authors: Mia Steinle

Submitted by sooly at: December 20, 2012
if you will look at what will happen you will see that the more you spend on far out arms development the republicans will want to cut medicare that much more. medicare is not government money. how much will meicare be cut and how many seniors will not have enough food or medicine every month?
Submitted by Mari at: December 20, 2012
Leaving nuclear facilities as they are will continue to damage the environment in horrible ways, and cutting funds to secure thier safety is even worse; it's like leaving bleach out when you have a baby crawling around. We need to begin to work on eliminating nukes entirely. We know so much more now than we did when we first started down this road, and we can't keep acting stupid!
Submitted by govconmaven at: December 17, 2012
Mia - The DNFSB is not an advisory Board. It is an independent Federal Executive Branch agency.
Submitted by rigilsp at: December 17, 2012
Japan weakened their nuclear oversight and the government and its people will live with that error for generations. Don't make the same mistake here. We must not ignore the lessons forced on us by Mother Nature or corporate greed.
Submitted by Anonymous at: December 17, 2012
Cutting corners on nuclear safety and security is simply unacceptable.

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