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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:33 AM
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U.S. Nuclear Regulator Lets Industry Write Rules
U.S. Nuclear Regulator Lets Industry Write Rules

In the fall of 2001, inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were so concerned about possible corrosion at Ohios Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station <1> that they prepared an emergency order to shut it down for inspection. But, according to a report <2> from the NRC inspector general, senior officials at the agency held off in part because they did not want to hurt the plants bottom line.

When workers finally checked the reactor in February of 2002, they made an astonishing finding: Corrosive fluid from overhead pipes had eaten a football-sized hole in the reactor vessels steel side. The only thing preventing a leak of radioactive coolant was a pencil-thin layer of stainless steel.

The Davis Besse incident has resurfaced in the wake of the ongoing nuclear crisis at Japans Fukushima Daiichi plant. Stories recounting close ties <3> between Japanese nuclear regulators and utilities there have reinvigorated critics who say the NRC has not been an aggressive enough U.S. watchdog.

The NRC says that is not the case, and commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko defended the agencys independence and professionalism. I have a great staff who are dedicated to public health and safety, and people who interact with this agency, they know that and they see that, he said in an interview.

Critics of the NRC say the problem at Davis Besse, 20 miles southeast of Toledo...


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/nuclear-regula...


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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:41 AM
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1. Photo of the hole in the reactor head.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:42 AM by kristopher
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:38 AM
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2. It's called "regulatory capture"
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