1979 Scorecard Vote
S. 562. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Authorizations. The vote is on the Hart-Kennedy amendment to impose a six month moratorium on the granting of any new construction permits for building nuclear power plants, starting in January 1980. The vote occurred not long after the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island showed the inadequacy of safety precautions, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's enforcement, the lack of evacuation plans, and the whole power plant licensing process. This amendment would have given the Kemeny Commission some time to investigate the accident, and given the Administration some time to implement its recommendations when they came out, before it resumed licensing of nuclear power plants. The Administration opposed the amendment. July 17, 1979. Rejected 35-57. YES is the correct vote.