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AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY JUNE 20; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status' for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

Associated Press; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status’ for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 picture, William de Camp, at podium at background left, speaks in a crowded room in Lacey Township, N.J. during a public hearing on a state proposal to force the Oyster Creek nuclear plant to build cooling towers to protect Barnegat Bay from its hot water discharges. Called "Oyster Creak" by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling  water reactor ...

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. June 20, 2011, 03:38 am ET

Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety — and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.

Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards. Continue reading AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

Nuclear Disaster in Japan – NEIS Continuing Coverage

Posted March 13, 2011

NEIS has been offering local analysis and background to the nuclear disaster in Japan and the dangers of Illinois’ reliance on nuclear energy:

Local News Coverage

See NEIS’s new YouTube channel (thank you Ahern!)

March 12, 2011

NBC-Chicago, Channel 5: Video | Story
WGN-News, Channel 9: Video

March 11, 2011

ABC-WLS, Channel 7: Video
Fox-News, Channel 32: Video

Trusted Resources

Download this sheet for a full list of resources on this issue.

» Green Action Blog (Translated articles and documents by long time safe-energy activist Aileen Mioko Smith)
» Citizens Nuclear Information Center (Tokyo) News Service (Japan’s largest and best-known anti-nuclear organization is an important source of information and analysis on the disaster)

News Service Photos

March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing
(CNN)
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
(BBC)

Please check back here for updated information and coverage by NEIS, Illinois’ Nuclear Power Watchdog since 1981.

Sense of Congress proclaimation full of Nonsense

The Senate Energy Committee voted yesterday to approve a “Sense of the Congress Regarding the Strategic Role of Nuclear Energy.” But local critics of nuclear power say it is more non-sense than sense; and it could lay the groundwork to turn Illinois into a de facto high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) storage dump for the region.

There is nothing sensible about this vote. We have written Senators Durbin and Burris asking them to reject this document – which could turn Illinois into the de facto Yucca Mt. of the Great Lakes.

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