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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Fri Dec 02nd 2011, 12:45 PM
Well Mr. Chairman, if you did you job with a primary eye towards a regulator's obligation to the public rather than to the bottom line of the industry, there would be far less to worry about.



Nuclear Power In 2012: Challenge Of Complacency
By Margaret Ryan
Published: December 2, 2011

US nuclear plant operations, while still very good, are trending in the wrong direction, says Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory
Jaczko, and complacency from years of safe operations, combined with overload from backlogged and new safety requirements, could mean trouble ahead in 2012.

Speaking to nuclear CEOs at their annual Institute of Nuclear Power Operations meeting in November, Jaczko fingered what he fears are declining performance trends.

"While many plants have performed very well this year, there are a number of nuclear power plants that have experienced significant safety challenges," he said. While public attention has focused on Japan's Fukushima Daiichi, a handful of US plants have been cited for declining performance or forced into long outages.

...He said NRC had performed 19 special inspections into specific safety issues during 2011 more "than at any point in recent memory" and had four plants on watch lists for repeated safety missteps. Jaczko warned, "We should all be on guard to the possibility that they could be indicative of broader issues for the industry."


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