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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:41 PM
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Rep Markey: "We Are Just As Helpless When Faced With Nuclear Disaster As We Were 25 & 32 Years Ago"
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 07:02 PM by Turborama
 
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April 6, 2011: Statement at Hearing on Nuclear Power Plant Incident in Japan
Statement of Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)
The U.S. Government Response to the Nuclear Power Plant Incident in Japan
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
April 6, 2011

On March 28, 1979, almost exactly 32 years ago, a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant terrified the nation and caused a full-scale re-evaluation of the nuclear industry in our country.

On April 26, 1986, almost exactly 25 years ago, the meltdown caused by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant spewed highly radioactive smoke all over Europe. Again, the world was appalled, and promised increased safety.

Today, we see that we are just as helpless when faced with nuclear disaster as we were 25 and 32 years ago.

The cores of at least two of the Japanese reactors are severely damaged. I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the core of Unit Two has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel.


To bring the reactors and their spent fuel pools under control, the Japanese have had to resort to sending young workers in to risk their lives as they operate what amount to giant water guns.

To assess and then sop up the radioactive water that has begun spewing into the ocean, they are relying on the use of bath salts and diapers.

Just like the use of pantyhose and golf balls to stop last years oil spill, the Japanese have been compelled to try a nuclear junk shot in desperate attempts to stop an environmental calamity.

Yet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission insists that our systems are safe, even before beginning, let alone completing, its review of our reactors and spent fuel pools.

It does so in the face of its own analysis showing that there is a higher risk of core damage from earthquakes that has not yet been incorporated into regulatory requirements.

It does so in the face of backup electricity requirements that are generally less stringent than what the Fukushima reactors were equipped with.

And it does so after removing the post-Three Mile Island requirement to include systems to prevent the explosions of hydrogen that occurred at Fukushima from its regulations.

I have introduced legislation, the Nuclear Power Plant Safety Act of 2011, to impose a moratorium on all pending NRC licenses and re-licenses in light of the need to fully understand the safety risks and include remedies into our own regulations. Many other countries have announced similar measures. I look forward to todays testimony.

Information on the latest status of the Fukushima reactors was gathered from communications between Congressman Markeys office and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Emails from NRC here and here. (PDFs)

From: http://markey.house.gov/index.php?option=content&task=v...


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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:14 PM
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1. Relying on the NRC for accurate statements about the
Troubles with the GE designed and GE built Fukushima reactor is like asking some National Oil Producing Association about the level of oil contamination in the Gulf after the BP catastrophe.

or like asking the EPA about the safety of Corexit.

"Nothing to see here, please move along."

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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:24 PM
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2. Deriving energy from radioactive materials.....
...is INSANITY.

- K&R
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:25 PM
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3. Markey makes sense
Those of us against nuclear power should support this moratorium bill
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Markey:

Just like the use of pantyhose and golf balls to stop last years oil spill, the Japanese have been compelled to try a nuclear junk shot in desperate attempts to stop an environmental calamity.

Yet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission insists that our systems are safe, even before beginning, let alone completing, its review of our reactors and spent fuel pools.

It does so in the face of its own analysis showing that there is a higher risk of core damage from earthquakes that has not yet been incorporated into regulatory requirements.

It does so in the face of backup electricity requirements that are generally less stringent than what the Fukushima reactors were equipped with.

And it does so after removing the post-Three Mile Island requirement to include systems to prevent the explosions of hydrogen that occurred at Fukushima from its regulations.

I have introduced legislation, the Nuclear Power Plant Safety Act of 2011, to impose a moratorium on all pending NRC licenses and re-licenses in light of the need to fully understand the safety risks and include remedies into our own regulations. Many other countries have announced similar measures. I look forward to todays testimony.
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:57 PM
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4. You want the truth?
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 08:10 PM by JJW
You can't handle the truth. Now send Obama some money and watch dancing with the stars.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:04 PM
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5. Are you talking to me? n/t
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:10 PM
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6. Nope
Good post, nice job. Appreciate the truth tellers.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:39 AM
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8. Just checking
Thanks for the compliments. Much appreciated.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:31 PM
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7. Thanks to MA. for electing Democratic Congressman Markey. K & R'd for sanity.
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 08:42 PM by freshwest
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goodnews Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 06:24 PM
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9. Human beings are simply incapable of dealing with something
Edited on Mon Apr-11-11 06:26 PM by goodnews
like this. The scientists always ignore the human factor in their risk assessment models, while those business interests that push for nukes--GE in particular-- are just trying to sell their product and in the process buy off anybody they need to. Wouldn't it be ironic if we went extinct not from a nuke war, but simply because we were unable to stop the market forces that derail safety measures.

The thing is that Obama, if he had a lick of sense, would turn this tragedy into an opportunity to do away with nukes and start a Manhattan Project (employing millions?) to make us energy independent with renewables. His lack of interest is really despicable.
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