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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:04 PM

Nuclear industry pushes NRC for fewer inspections

Source: Portland Press Herald

WASHINGTON — The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. The agency, whose board is dominated by Trump appointees, is listening.

Commission staffers are weighing some of the industry’s requests as part of a sweeping review of how the agency enforces regulations governing the country’s 98 commercially operating nuclear plants. Recommendations are due to the five-member NRC board in June.

Annie Caputo, a former nuclear-energy lobbyist now serving as one of four board members appointed or reappointed by President Trump, told an industry meeting this week that she was “open to self-assessments” by nuclear plant operators, who are proposing that self-reporting by operators take the place of some NRC inspections.

The Trump NRC appointees and industry representatives say changes in oversight are warranted to reflect the industry’s overall improved safety records and its financial difficulties, as the operating costs of the country’s aging nuclear plants increase and affordable natural gas and solar and wind power gain in the energy market.

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jpak Mar 14 OP
procon Mar 14 #1
rickford66 Mar 14 #2
Cryptoad Mar 14 #3
Maxheader Mar 14 #4
ArizonaLib Mar 14 #5
yaesu Mar 14 #7
watoos Mar 14 #9
sandensea Mar 14 #6
Red Mountain Mar 14 #8

Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:32 PM

1. It just gets more Big Brother bizarre by the day.

Without a watchful government to protect public safety, what are the citizens suppose to do to prevent these corporate special interest groups from bribing away regulations that safeguard our lives?

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:35 PM

2. Don't want to wear out the hinges on the front door.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:39 PM

3. "Hurry Sundown"

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 06:49 PM

4. Scares the shit out of me...



Worked 4 or 5 nuke power houses..new construction...Believe you me, there are a lot of things that can go wrong...

And not just with the fail safe devices...mechanical devices wear out..corrosion..

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:11 PM

5. Fukushima, Chernobyl, Long Island, etc. happened too long ago

It could never happen these days. Power companies are much too careful and no longer concern themselves with bottom line benefiting shortcuts. Who is asking for fewer inspections - Kim Jong Un?

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Response to ArizonaLib (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:32 PM

7. Fukushima containment has failed so far & contamination is spreading. There are still

Fukushima type reactors in operation in this country though they are slowly going off line. Its a shame that capitalism is again putting our lives in danger in exchange for a few more investment dollars.

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Response to yaesu (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:06 PM

9. How can you call nuclear power plants capitalism?

The power plants are subsidized with taxpayer dollars. Who insures power plants? Not privatized companies, taxpayers are on the hook.

Power plants are an example of privatizing the profits and Socializing the costs.

Power plants are an example of crony capitalism, or even a form of Socialism.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:15 PM

6. How quickly some forget

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 08:09 PM

8. Well, of course they do.....

NNadir?

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