08 May '11, 3pm

Overhaul Time for U.S. Nuclear Overseers

I’m convinced that the United States will be better off keeping existing nuclear power stations running, where their management can be demonstrated to be reliable, rather than initiating a decades-long decommissioning process that would not resolve community concerns about spent fuel and many other sources of risk. But I’m also convinced that the existing practices of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission , despite improvements, are nowhere near what’s needed to maintain a robust margin of safety — and to maintain public trust. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Corroded pipe at the Byron plant in Illinois, a hundred miles from Chicago. Read “Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry ,” by Tom Zeller, Jr., to see how routine approval of safety exemptions sought by the owners of aging plants has led to significant problems. This example describes the process and one ...

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