NEMA Calls for Hill Approval of Civilian Nuclear Technology Partnership with India

ROSSLYN, Va., May 19, 2006-The U.S. electrical equipment industry, led by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is urging Congress to ratify the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Initiative as soon as possible. The initiative was announced during President Bush's recent visit to New Delhi.

"Not only would the legislation (H.R. 4974 in the House, and S. 2429 in the Senate) generate considerable opportunities for our member companies to expand their exports and strengthen trade ties to India, it would make the world safer by bringing India into the international non-proliferation framework," says NEMA President Evan Gaddis. "Further, the sharing of civilian nuclear technology with India would lessen the dependency of both our nations on precarious oil and gas supplies, reduce worrisome greenhouse gas emissions, and fortify a strategic partnership in defeating international terrorism, thwarting extremism, and promoting democracy."

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

Cheryl D. Smith
Public Relations Specialist
(703) 841-3286


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