20 Jun '11, 8pm

U.S. nuke regulators repeatedly weakened safety rules

U.S. nuke regulators repeatedly weakened safety rules

The AP collected and analyzed government and industry documents -- including some never-before released. The examination looked at both types of reactor designs: pressurized water units that keep radioactivity confined to the reactor building and the less common boiling water types like those at Fukushima, which send radioactive water away from the reactor to drive electricity-generating turbines. Tens of thousands of pages of government and industry studies were examined, along with test results, inspection reports and regulatory policy statements filed over four decades. Interviews were conducted with scores of managers, regulators, engineers, scientists, whistleblowers, activists, and residents living near the reactors, which are located at 65 sites, mostly in the East and Midwest. AP reporting teams toured some of the oldest reactors -- the unit here at Oyster Creek, n...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/nuclear/2011-06-20-us-nuke-regulator...

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