Congressman releases blockbuster report detailing NRC conspiracy in wake of Fukushima

Published: December 10th, 2011 at 4:39 pm ET
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New Report Details Conspiracy to Delay, Weaken US Nuclear Safety in Wake of Fukushima, Congressman Edward Markey, Dec. 9, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

“Regulatory Meltdown” Reveals Efforts to Improve Nuclear Safety Undermined by Four NRC Commissioners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his ongoing investigation into U.S. nuclear safety since the Fukushima meltdowns, today Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Congress’s leading voice for nuclear safety, released a blockbuster new report that details how four Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) colluded to prevent and then delay the work of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima, the entity tasked with making recommendations for improvement to NRC regulations and processes after the Fukushima meltdowns, the worst nuclear disaster in history. The Near-Term Task Force members comprise more than 135 years of collective experience at the NRC, and with full access to expert NRC staff completed a methodical and comprehensive review of NRC’s regulatory system.

Rep. Markey’s office reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including emails, correspondence, meeting minutes and voting records, and found a concerted effort by Commissioners William Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis to undermine the efforts of the Fukushima Task Force with request for endless additional study in an effort to delay the release and implementation of the task force’s final recommendations. Documents also show open hostility on the part of the four Commissioners toward efforts of NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko to fully and quickly implement the recommendations of the Task Force, despite efforts on the part of the Chairman to keep the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency.

“The actions of these four Commissioners since the Fukushima nuclear disaster has caused a regulatory meltdown that has left America’s nuclear fleet and the general public at risk,” said Rep. Markey. “Instead of doing what they have been sworn to do, these four Commissioners have attempted a coup on the Chairman and have abdicated their responsibility to the American public to assure the safety of America’s nuclear industry. I call on these four Commissioners to stop the obstruction, do their jobs and quickly move to fully implement the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.”

Major findings in the new report include:

  • Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;
  • Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima;
  • The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;
  • NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these Commissioners; and
  • The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed.

A copy of the report “Regulatory Meltdown: How Four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima” can be found HERE.


Published: December 10th, 2011 at 4:39 pm ET
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151 comments to Congressman releases blockbuster report detailing NRC conspiracy in wake of Fukushima

  • Fred

    No compromised regulation bureaucracy needed. We simply FORCE every nuclear power company, including the shill corporations used to shield them from liabilities, to locate the company HQ and company officer family housing directly adjacent to, and downwind of, the oldest or most troublesome NPP they own. The top of the company bureaucracy must all live in a special “Nuclear Exclusive City”, paid for by the company, where their families may live in the opulent manner they are used to, right next to the worst plant.

    Excuses for all the plant’s safety issues would cease, immediately, and money would be no object to the installation of the finest safety equipment, air quality monitoring, etc. No delays or other obfuscation to the most intense repairs and best engineering to make the plant the cleanest industry in America would be left to doubt.

    Imagine how safe other industries could be under my plan! Would there have been a massacre at Bopal, India, if Union Carbide’s top brass lived right next to the deplorable chemical factory? Of course, NOT!

    NRC could be simply disbanded, investigated and jailed……
    If the CEO’s kids were at stake, that damned plant better not LEAK!


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  • thelili

    @Fred force sounds lovely and I am all for it but generally the thousands of us on this board can barely decide on a proper solution. Attempting to get millions of people to come together for such an event right now would be a Herculean feat.


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  • thelili

    @Alexa which sort of class action lawsuit are you referring to? An attorney would need, generally, something to support the lawsuit.

    A large corporate corruption suit would need to be clearly defined- maybe like a RICO violation.

    A suit about public health would be convoluted and we don’t want to fall down a rabbit hole of legal back and forth.

    Whatever lawsuit is presented needs to be solid because as you can see they will have opposing lawyers to shoot us down.


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    • alexa

      Thelili, I am thinking more of environmental damage to children, people lawsuit against Tepco like in the Erin Bronchowich movie against mining company criminally negligent and covering its illegal activities, attached to it a lawsuit against NRC and US govt who is supposed to check on NRC that they did everything they could to inform and reduce radioactive poisoning to US citizens as they would have been required by law. You can get a sample of 100 people or more and test them for radiation. I wrote on radiation monitoring thread today about significant plant damage in my indoor plants. anything over normal radiation in people would be excess radiation causing death. You can add all limited information available regarding Cernobyl it is all applicable and I know the damage is already much worse because I lived close 500 km from Cernobyl as kid, my tyroid now is a Geiger counter as a result of very low radiation I did not feel and I have been feeling Fukushima radiation for the last 9 months instead. I am not a lawyer though – I am sure they are more creative.


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      • alexa

        Accidentally deleted a portion in my previous reply – I meant radiation increasing incidence of illness or death, with example of unwarned pregnant women who had lots of abortions and babies with developmental delays , cancers tents who dies earlier because the doctors did to know to calibrate their radiation terrapy to take into account the “free radiation therapy”. Also, you could add potential future loss in crops and lifelihood for farmers if seeds and plants will increasingly have genetic defects, radioactive etc… This could result in famine over long term worldwide.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    The CNN TV scroll just hinted at a version of this story.

    First and only msm item I’ve seen so far. It came at about 5:25 pm ET and consisted of about 5 words.

    The theme was the ‘publican version (erratic rogue commission chairman) rather than the dem’ version (subversive plot by rogue commissioners).

    No reporting, no discussion, no mention of Markey’s “blockbuster report”.

    Anyone seeing any other msm coverage yet?


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    • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

      Yes, coverage was on Fox News last night, when a news ticker stating that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada was defending Jaczko, which is great news for Jaczko, as Reid is the Senate majority leader.


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      • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

        The news ticker failed to mention Markey’s blockbuster report. Markey is a real trailblazer on eco disasters and nuclear energy safety. You go, Markey! Thank God at least one Congressman is concerned about our safety. I hear more commentary about safety issues from Alex Jones. When did our illustrious President Obama ever speak about Fukushima and nuclear safety issues?

        I do feel that the Jaczko controversy is also related to Yucca mountain.


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      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Terranigma1, my guess is that if Fox News linked Jaczko and Reid in that way, it’s intended to symbolize that Jaczko is in the wrong. Fox loves to demonize Reid as a rule.

        I’m not disputing that Reid and Jaczko are on the same side of the issue. An earlier post by Anne said that Jaczko had been an aide for Reid, and another source said that Jaczko had been an aide for Markey. If true, that would help explain the vocal pro-Jaczko forces. What I don’t yet see is similar backgrould for the anti-Jaczko forces. It does seem to split along party lines, but there’s not yet much of a trail showing who owes what to whom and why.

        My prediction would have been: Fox would spin the story anti-Jaczko, MSNBC would spin it pro-Jaczko, and CNN would spin it either way depending on which offered better ad revenue or ratings potential. What a cynic I’ve become.

        I imagine the story will either break big today or get buried completely. Fascinating, either way.


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        • aigeezer aigeezer

          Minor update: Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting the story today. They lead with the ‘publican version then show a dem’ “response”.

          They make it look like “he said, she said” in my opinion. No way to tell what is actually going on.


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  • Alice goaskAlice

    You go, Rep. Markey!

    Hello NRC? If those particles haven’t gone to your head, a gentle reminder? You’re not immune to the radioactive waves. No planet to escape to. This is the only home we’ve got.


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  • arclight arclight

    ANA and allies thank Rep. Markey for his work to reduce the nuclear weapons budget

    “Representative Edward J. Markey
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    December 8, 2011

    Dear Rep. Markey,

    On behalf of our 47 organizations and the members that we represent, we would like to express our gratitude to you for your principled call for reducing the amount of money that our country spends on nuclear weapons and related programs.

    In the letter that you signed on October 11 to the Supercommittee members about this issue, you expressed a view that—based on moral, security and fiscal grounds—our country can no longer justify current levels of spending on nuclear weapons programs. We endorse that position…………..”

    http://www.ananuclear.org/Issues/GlobalNuclearEnergyPartnership/Library/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/484/Default.aspx


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Favors to friends all around..when it’s all said and done…let’s just stick the stuff in New Mexico..
    I didn’t say it…. Jaczko did…
    http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/11/03/jaczko-new-mexico-possible-alternative
    ..expecting approval of nuke plants in South Carolina and Georgia….
    …… what of the lessons learned from Fukushima?


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    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      PS..I want to add right here ..that I am not just picking on Jaczko…the entire NRC..the other commissioners…are also liars and complicit to Crimes Against Humanity.


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