Three investigative articles published last week add mountains of evidence to years-long claims by U.S. watchdogs that the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission is heavily corrupted by industry influence.
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Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, a key player in the potential revival of nuclear power, said yesterday that the Fukushima disaster will delay U.S. nuclear development until safety upgrades can be considered, noting the likely re-evaluation of spent fuel storage.
An alliance of southeastern public interest groups on Wednesday asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the fast-track approval process for the new Westinghouse AP1000 reactor.
Nuclear watchdog groups say that an internal report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on fire safety at nuclear plants shows that regulators don’t have enough information to know whether its new fire rules will ensure safety.
This is very important regarding current safety and new reactors, thus for the overall climate-energy debate. NC WARN teams up with Beyond Nuclear and UCS again.
Public officials, watchdogs seek investigation after NRC ignores fire safety experts’ warnings about risks at operating plants; modeling failure impacts new reactors
Union of Concerned Scientists, Beyond Nuclear, NC WARN: Waste Awareness & Reduction Network NEWS RELEASE Contact: Paul Gunter 301-523-0201 October 29, 2008 Dave Lochbaum 202-331-5430 Jim Warren 919-416-5077 Watchdogs to Congressman Price: Enforce Fire Safety Rules or Shut Down Nuclear Plants Shearon Harris safety cannot be verified, and “upgrades” are …