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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is mandated by Congress to ensure that the nuclear industry is safe. Instead, the NRC routinely puts the nuclear industry's financial needs ahead of public safety. Beyond Nuclear has called for Congressional investigation of this ineffective lapdog agency that needlessly gambles with American lives to protect nuclear industry profits.

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Tuesday
Jul112017

Senate EPW Committee to vote on confirmations of Caputo and Wright to NRC Commission

As posted at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee website.

At a morning business meeting today, EPW was scheduled to vote on the confirmations of Annie Caputo and David Wright to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Donald J. Trump nominated Caputo and Wright to fill empty Republican slots on the NRC Commission.

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Kristine Svinicki for NRC Chairman, and Caputo and Wright for NRC Commissioners.

Monday
Jun262017

Kristine Svinicki confirmed by U.S. Senate to serve as NRC Chairman for next five years

As reported on the website of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Svinicki's for NRC Chairman.

Thursday
Jun222017

Barrasso: Confirm Kristine Svinicki to Continue Serving as Member of the NRC

As posted on the website of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, by its pro-nuclear power chairman, John Barasso (Republican Senator from Wyoming, a state with a uranium mining industry).

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Svinicki's for NRC Chairman.

Tuesday
Jun132017

Senate EPW Committee considers Trump nominations of Svinicki, Caputo, and Wright for NRC Commission

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Republican-Wyoming, a state with a uranium mining industry), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued an opening statement for the hearing to consider the confirmations of three U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners, nominated by Donald J. Trump: Kristine Svinicki; Annie Caputo; and David Wright.

Barrasso also posted this:

"What They Are Saying...Broad Support for EPA and NRC Nominees"

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations.

Friday
Feb242017

Tweet >> Toothless: "American public needs NRC to be a #nuclear RoboCop-and not a Sergeant Schultz."

Thank you to Scott Stapf of the Hastings Group for this Tweet:

https://twitter.com/stapf/status/835170190233075712

Toothless: "American public needs NRC to be a #nuclear RoboCop—and not a Sergeant Schultz." http://thebulletin.org/whistleblowers-and-nrc-do-i-say-not-i-don%E2%80%99t10528?platform=hootsuite  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=ZDTjBZjB-ZM

Here is a link to UCS's new report, "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Safety Culture: Do as I Say and Not as I Do."

David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at Union of Concerned Scientists, spoke in Southwest Michigan near Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor in April 2013. Beyond Nuclear hosted the events in Kalamazoo (35 miles downwind to the east) and South Haven (a few miles from Palisades). The security guard whistle-blowing that Lochbaum mentions in his BAS article linked above was just about to go to volume 11 at Palisades.

Beyond Nuclear -- along with our allies among environmental groups and concerned local residents -- has experienced this collapse in NRC's OWN safety culture, at Palisades and Davis-Besse (OH), first hand. It is telling that Lochbaum chose to cite those two reactors as national, negative examples in his article.

David Kraft of Nuclear Energy Information Service in Chicago has made the point, at NRC public meetings held about Palisades over the past several years, that NRC's OWN safety culture leaves a lot to be desired, never mind Entergy's at Palisades.

Palisades, MI and Davis-Besse, OH are located on the Great Lakes shore. The Great Lakes is 21% of the world's surface fresh water, and 84% of North America's. The Great Lakes provides drinking water for 40 million people in two countries. Palisades is located on the Lake Michigan shore, opposite Chicago, which gets its drinking water from that source.