1979 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 4338. Emergency and Water Development Appropriations. The vote is on the Weaver amendment to prohibit the use of NRC funds for issuing operating licenses for nuclear power plants in states which had not submitted an emergency evacuation plan approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This was the first major nuclear vote in the House after the Three Mile Island accident. 25 states that contain nuclear power plants do not have any emergency evacuation plans approved by the NRC, including Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Most of the evacuation plans that do exist are clearly inadequate. The amendment would probably have delayed operating licenses for some nuclear plants within their borders by refusing to submit any evacuation plan. If there had been time, the Carter Administration would probably have lobbied against the amendment. Rejected 147-235. June 18, 1979. Yes is the correct vote.