Gov. Neil Goldschmidt said Monday he wants to follow the lead of Washington state and end Oregon's participation in federal civil defense programs because of "unrealistic" planning for a nuclear attack.
"I don't believe Oregonians want their state government playing nuclear war games," he said Monday. "And frankly, we are tired of trying to match legitimate needs with FEMA's unrealistic obsession with surviving a nuclear war."FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Administration, which gives Oregon and its local governments $1.2 million a year to finance emergency management programs run by the state, 19 counties and three cities.
Goldschmidt said the federal government continues to emphasize strategic nuclear war planning over natural disasters or a nuclear incident involving terrorists or a nuclear plant.