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Nuclear group protests Fred Upton nuclear energy support


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- He protested outside of Congressman Fred Upton's Kalamazoo office this week, and says part of the reason is the congressman's support for the nuclear power industry in southwest Michigan. Kevin Kamps, with Beyond Nuclear, says that Upton continues to shield the Palisades nuclear plant in Van Buren County from strong federal action.

Kamps doesn't think Palisades is safe at all, even though it's under extra NRC scrutiny right now. He called the NRC's recent public meetings about Palisades "dog and pony shows," saying that there's a leak in the control room that shouldn't be permitted. Kamps adds that one of his group's slogans is, "Shut it down before it melts down."

Kamps also opposes Congressman Upton's plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, saying the site would be an extremely unsafe one for the storage of such materials.

The NRC has said that the Palisades plant isn't putting anyone in danger, and many lawmakers -- in Michigan, and elsewhere -- have supported storing the nation's nuclear plant waste at Yucca Mountain.