Saturday, February 25, 2012

"NRC, Lies and Videotape" - Not in time for Oscar consideration

People & Power - Danger Zone : Ageing Nuclear Reactors

"In this investigation for People & Power, Joe Rubin and Serene Fang of the Center for Investigative Reporting examine whether important safety considerations are being taken into account as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers extending the licences [sic] of these plants.

The agency has recently come under fire for glossing over the potential dangers of ageing [sic] reactors, for becoming too cosy [sic] with the industry and for political infighting among the agency's senior executives, which critics in the US Senate and elsewhere say seriously hampers its ability to ensure safety.

The investigation focuses on the Pacific Gas & Electric nuclear facility at Diablo Canyon and two others, which are at Indian Point in New York and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska.

These three sites represent the dangers posed to nuclear power plant safety by earthquakes, terrorism and flooding.

Rubin and Fang discover that the NRC's oversight track record is far from perfect, and that unless urgent action is taken the US could be heading for a nuclear catastrophe of its own." ` Source from Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 14:03
We have 104 nuclear reactors in the United States and really all of them can at this point in time be called aging.  Saw a pillow once, it was stitched with the saying "After Forty It's Patch, Patch, Patch". It was meant for women but I think it applies to nuclear reactors as well.

Just some food for thought for you this weekend, it can't be all glittery gold awards and ball gowns you know. Enjoy!

No comments:

Post a Comment