22 Jul 2011
WASHINGTON – Despite calls by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko for swift action, three(3) of the five (5) NRC Commissioners have given notice that they wish to move(MORE) slowly on at least some new recommendations from its staff, on how to reduce the chance of a Fukushima-type accident at an American Nuke. The recommendations, were issued last week, by a team of six(6) senior NRC staff members. Mr. Jaczko said that since the task force had completed its evaluation in 90 days, the Commissioners should be able to decide within a similar time frame what changes to make in safety regulations, although the reforms themselves would take longer. (MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES TO SAFETY REGULATIONS ASAP).
This is not the first indication of conflict of interests (OH – YES! THIS IS ABOUT NOT SPENDING MONEY)within the NRC. After an inquiry, the Commission’s Inspector General reported last month that some staff members were troubled by Mr. Jaczko’s “aggressive management style” and by his decision to halt the staff’s work on Energy. SEE THERE , JACZKO IS A MEAN DUDE! – COME ON YE WHINING HYPOCRITES!
On 20 Jul 2100 (Wednesday), a day after the task force briefed the commissioners on the post-Fukushima report, Commissioner, William D. Magwood IV, posted a statement at the commission’s Web site asserting that the task force had worked “without the benefit of the full analytical resources of the agency.” Given its 90-day mandate, “it was not possible to give all issues the consideration they deserve,” he wrote. (LET ME DRAG MY FEET ! – IT REDUCES THE ITCH).
Another NRC Commissioner, Kristine L. Svinicki, also posted a statement that said: “I do not have a sufficient basis to accept or reject the recommendations of the Near-Term Task Force…the agency should proceed with the systematic and methodical review of lessons learned.” A VERY IRRESOLUTE COMMENT – GIVE ME MORE PROOF! (THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT PROOF IN THE WORLD FOR IRRESOLUTE PERSONS – THEY AVOID RESPONSIBILITY AS THE PLAGUE). Both commissioners noted that the task force had found no imminent threat to public health and safety from continued operation of the nation’s 104 power reactors, or from extending their licenses.
A third Commissioner, William C. Ostendorff, said at the 19 Jul 2011 meeting: I personally do not believe that our existing regulatory framework is broken.” (IF IT AIN’T BROKE- DON’T FIX IT). See there, no problem!
The NRC Task Force recommended some specific improvements (see par. below), and some sweeping reforms, like integrating decades of regulations and informal changes in operating practices into a single framework that systematically addresses the full range of safety risks. For example, some equipment stored at nuclear reactors in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks such as portable pumps, hoses, extra batteries and extra sources of energy protected from flooding, and the periodic inspection of all such contingency items to ensure reliability. Currently, such items are not regularly tested, the task force found. ALL OF THE ABOVE MAKE GOOD SENSE TO THOSE LOOKING TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, BUT NOT TO THOSE WISHING TO MAINTAIN THE “STATUS-QUO” IN A BROKEN-DOWN FATALLY-FLAWED INDUSTRY, FOR A LONGER TIME.
THE STUDY RECOMMENDED: (1)periodic re-evaluation of earthquake risk as an understanding of geology evolves, and (2)rethinking the design of vents that have been added to some reactors to control excess pressures and get rid of hydrogen, to prevent a repeat of the Fukushima disastrous events of 11 Mar 2011. Similar vents to those at Fukushima exist at reactors of the same type in the U.S. NATURALLY, the nuclear industry argues that not enough is known about the vents at Fukushima or the recent sequence of events there to justify changes in the United States. NO LESSONS LEARNED – EVEN ON THIS ONE EASY TO VERIFY ENGINEERING ISSUE.
USA Rep. EDWARD J. MARKEY (D-MASS) feels the issue of “how urgently to move” is acquiring a partisan character. On 20 Jul 2011 (Wednesday), Markey, a longtime critic of nuclear safety regulation, said that Commissioners Svinicky, and Magwood; who posted comments, “want to direct the NRC staff to endlessly study the NRC staff’s own report before they will even consider a single recommendation made by the very same NRC staff…We do not need another study to study the NRC staff’s study,” he said in a statement.
On 18Jul 2011(Monday) the Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took the opposite tack. After reviewing the task force’s report, they urged Mr. Jaczko in a letter to proceed slowly. “We believe it is essential that the Commission have the benefit of the full and deliberate process of review, in accordance with established commission procedures, its principles of good regulation and statutory requirements.”
Thanks to N.Y. Times for quotes, 21 Jul 2011
This article(Post) is a sequel to: NRC TASK FORCE 90-DAY REPORT / GUIDELINES FOR US NUKE INDUSTRY DUE SOON Dated 14 July 2011
The NRC must vote to move forward expeditiously with improving nuclear power plant safety for our Nation. Anything less would be abdicating its job of protecting public health and safety, IN THE INTEREST OF MONETARY INTERESTS; THE RUB IS: THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF “SPENT-FUEL”, WHICH IS FAR MORE TOXIC THAN THE URANIUM THAT GOES INTO NUKES, CONTINUES TO BE THE ACHILLES HEEL OF THAT GIGANTIC INDUSTRY/CARTEL
28 Jul 2011 UPDATE : Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass), said in a statement today that Commissioners Magwood, Ostendorff and Svinicki “have done this country a tremendous disservice in their collective votes to ensure that the NRC will not lead efforts to ensure the safety of the nuclear industry sector”. As the old saying goes: “YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE HIM DRINK”.
We must point out that it was precisely such “Penny wise, and Pound foolish” attitude by colluding Japanese politicians, and “for profit” Nuclear Industrialists that led to the Fukushima Dai No. 1 Tragedy. Such actions point clearly to corruption in high places, in the U.S. as well.
HERE WE THOUGHT WE WERE PROTECTED BY THE NRC, BUT IT TURNS OUT IT IS JUST JUST ONE MORE GOVERNMENTAL “PAPER TIGER”. NOT GOOD NEWS AT ALL!!. CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS NOW!