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USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT – PART 2

11 Dec 2011

USA CONGRESS REP. EDWARD MARKEY (D-MASS) EXPOSES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION(NRC) COLLUSION. Rep. Ed Markey (Congress’ leading voice for nuclear safety); As part of his on-going investigation into U.S. nuclear safety since the Fukushima incident, on 10 Dec 2011 released a damning new report that details how all four(4) NRC Commissioners have colluded to prevent, and then delay the work of the NRC “Near-Term Task-Force on Fukushima”  The NRC task-force was tasked to provide recommendations for the immediate improvement to NRC regulations and procedures incorporating the “Lessons-learned” from the Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)triple-meltdowns on 12 Mar 2011- the worst nuclear disaster in history.

THE “NRC NEAR TERM TASK-FORCE” is composed of  Staff members with more than 135 years of collective NPP experience; Additionally, they have full access to other expert NRC staff. After they completed a methodical and comprehensive review of NRCs regulatory system, Rep. Markeys Congressional staff also reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including e-mails, correspondence, meeting minutes, and voting records.  They found a concerted effort by Commissioners William Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis to undermine the efforts of the Fukushima Task Force with requests for endless additional study (Foot-dragging still) in an effort to delay the release and implementation of the Task Force’s final recommendations.

OPEN HOSTILITY TOWARD CHAIRMAN JACZKO Documents show a clear/stated hostility on the part of the four (4) Commissioners toward efforts of NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko(fifth member of the Commission) despite his efforts keep them fully informed regarding the  demonstrable need for immediate implementation of  the “Fukushima Lessons-Learned” recommendations. The “gang of four” sold-out Commissioners is now is calling for the impeachment of Chairman Jaczko. HE MUST BE MAKING IT UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THEM AND THEIR SPONSORS! – Damn corruption! That is what it is, and clear for all to see.  ANY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE USAs NUCLEAR FLEET WOULD COST THEIR SPONSORS MONEY.

REP MARKEY SAID GENERAL PUBLIC AT RISK BECAUSE OF NRC INACTION The four Commissioners would rather leave America’s nuclear fleet (about 130 NPPs), and consequently the USA general public at risk;  Instead of doing what they have been sworn to do. these four Commissioners have clearly abdicated their responsibility to the ensure the safety of the American Public, to favor the financial interests of the USAs Nuclear Industry. I call on these four Commissioners to stop their obstruction, do their jobs and quickly, move to fully implement the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.  THAT MY FRIENDS, IS “CALLING IT LIKE IT IS”.  LEFT- ON MARKEY!

MAJOR FINDINGS OF THE REP. MARKEY REPORT INCLUDE:

1. Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;

2. Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other, and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of , and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima;

3. The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;

4.  NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these Commissioners.

5.  The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed.  After the Near Term Task Force released its report in July 2011, Rep. Markey called for the rapid adoption of all recommendations, and sent letters criticizing Commissioners Svinicki, Magwood and Ostendorff to delay even their consideration.

6. Rep. Markey also introduced legislation to overhaul nuclear safety. The “NPP Safety Act of 2011” will impose a moratorium on all new nuclear reactor licenses, or license extensions until new safety requirements are in place that reflect the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.  WE WISH REP MARKEY LUCK WITH THE UPCOMING CONGRESS.  Today’s Republican house would probably reject any such initiative outright.  They have all the bases covered for now.  BUT WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND, AND THEIR DAY IS COMING SOON!  THEY KNOW IT TOO!

7. Rep. Markey’s office also released the report: “Fukushima Fallout“ – Regulator Loopholes.

Thanks to: States News Service, 10 Dec 2011

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MY TAKE:  Please read Part-One to this on-going political standoff :

USA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION STILL HOG-TIED AND IMPOTENT

http://energymaters.com/?m=20110901 – things have not changed appreciably.

Dated 01 Sep 2011

THE HEIGHTENED RHETORIC AND OPEN HOSTILITY  ONLY “TIGHTEN THE HOG- KNOTS” TIGHTER,  But no help in sight for the American Public.  This is a pathetic example of a dysfunctional Democracy.  Something has got to give!  Corruption in high places is an affront to modern Democracies, and like a societal cancer, that enriches the few. at the expense of the many, but without any regard for public safety.  BIG MONEY CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, AND THE WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE WORST EXAMPLES.  Some day (here, or in the hereafter) such people without morals or integrity will be called to answer.  FOR NOW, ALL THAT A PERSON LIKE ME CAN DO, IS TO SYMBOLICALLY SPIT AT THEIR FEET, OR THROW A SHOE AT THEM!  JUST TO THINK THAT MOST “NUCLEAR ” COUNTRIES HAVE NRC COUNTERPARTS!   

One has to admire the courage and determination of people like NRC Chairman Jaczko, and USA Rep Ed Markey. It may seem as though they are just wasting their time, but by exposing corruption for what it is, they serve a very high purpose.

gonzedo

P.S. I sense Sweden may be in the horns of a dilemma regarding their high reliance on nuclear energy.  My next article will seek to explore their reasoning, and alternatives.

December 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM Comments (11)