(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)
A law from 1983 prevents Washington from forming nuclear attack evacuation plan…
With increased threats from North Korea, KING-TV’s Jake Whittenberg is reporting that Washington has a law preventing it from forming an evacuation plan in the event of a nuclear attack.
The law, passed in 1983 states: “The comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan authorized under this subsection may not include preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack.”
Currently, North Korea and the United States have been trading diplomatic barbs as North Korea continues to test missiles and some fear the country is also testing nuclear weapons underground.
The 1983 law was written by Democratic state lawmaker Dick Nelson who at the time said that at the time Washington was inundated with nuclear threats and the idea of the law was to create an example of peace. The law was written during the time of the Cold War when the Soviet Union had more than enough nuclear weapons to cause serious damage to the planet. Nelson had said that if Seattle were attacked then, the chance of survival was so close to nil, a preparation plan was pointless.
Nelson told KING-TV that he still believes that nations need to find peaceful ways of dealing with nuclear threats but added that he believes in the case of North Korea, the US has a crazy dictator who could do anything.