DURHAM, NC – Officials from five local governments near the Shearon Harris nuclear plant, and three watchdog groups, asked for a federal investigation into possible wrongdoing by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission involving the top safety issue at the nation’s reactors. They say the NRC is ignoring its own safety regulations – and criticisms by numerous fire science experts – while attempting to bring scores of nuclear plants into compliance after over two decades of regulatory failure.
See the links below for the complete press release and supporting documents.
Request to the NRC Inspector General for Show Cause Investigation
Letter to NRC Inspector General from local officials
Letter to NRC Chairman Jaczko, March 29, 2010
Documentation of Failed Fire Modeling Provided to NRC Chairman Jaczko
Letter to Rep. David Price from local officials
Delaying with Fire – A 2006 Report on NRC Non-Enforcement by Gunter, Lochbaum and Warren
Attachments to Delaying with Fire:
- Chronology of Shearon Harris Fire Protection
- News & Observer, Nuclear plants keep watch, 1992
- Partial List – Fires at Progress Energy Plants
- Inside NRC on 1989 Major Fire at Shearon Harris
- Shearon Harris Licensee Event Report, October 28, 2005
- Local Manual Operator Action Steps
- New York Times, NRC ponders rule change