NRC Commissioner on NRC’s own statement: Someone reading this would think every reactor in U.S. is a time bomb waiting to go off — Attempted to prevent release of Fukushima report to public, Congress

Published: December 14th, 2011 at 1:43 pm ET


Regulatory Meltdown, Staff of Congressman Edward J Markey (D-MA), Dec. 9, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

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


It is clear from a review of emails and other documents that some of the Commissioners […] worked with some NRC staff to alter the materials the Commission would be asked to vote on. They also attempted to delay its release both to Congress and the public.


Although the NRC had already rejected Commissioner Magwood’s proposal to publicly release the Near-Term Task Force report only after it had been approved (and, presumably, edited) by a majority of the Commissioners, Commissioner Magwood began to attempt to prevent its release to Congress and the public anyway.


On the evening of July 12, the chiefs of staffs of all NRC Commissioners were sent a copy of the draft press release on the NRC Near-Term Task Force report that was to be sent the following day, although typical Commission procedure states that circulation of such drafts an hour in advance is recommended as a “collegial practice.” Early the next morning, Commissioner Magwood sent his comments to Chairman Jaczko, stating that “someone reading this would think that every reactor in the country is a time bomb waiting to go off” and that the press release was “almost breathless.” The other three NRC Commissioners were copied on this email, and Commissioner Svinicki quickly echoed Commissioner Magwood’s views. Commissioner Magwood referred to the draft press release as “irresponsible” in an email to Commissioner Ostendorff



Published: December 14th, 2011 at 1:43 pm ET


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25 comments to NRC Commissioner on NRC’s own statement: Someone reading this would think every reactor in U.S. is a time bomb waiting to go off — Attempted to prevent release of Fukushima report to public, Congress

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    They ARE ALL ticking time bombs ready to go off. Please wake up and do your jobs. We all know that the Republicans are brain dead. What a tragedy that they are in control of the House right now. I’m sure their infamy will be recorded in history. Just that no one will be left to read the record.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      This is a bipartisan issue. Do not think Republicans have a lock on brain death, Democrats are also to blame, just as often and just as much. Focusing on one party over another is the sort of roadblock that leads to inaction. BOTH are to blame.

      That being said, I completely agree with them being ticking time bombs and the need for the politicos to do their job!

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Excelion the owner/operator of the 11 NPP’s in my home state of IL bankrolled Obama’s campaign and what’s his name-the owner,is a personal butt-buddy of his as well. As long as the candidates are pro-nuke they’d probably both get their “war-chests” filled with nuke money so that their ambitions to continue to operate the dilapidated piles of crap that were paid for long ago will continue generating huge profits and less concerning to them,huge increases in cancer rates and complications & aborted pregnancies-just as long as they don’t step out of line and insist on something that would force them to spend the money on safety measures or public health concerns instead of brown-nosing. Obama has never been considered worthy of the Presidency by me since I’d first heard the rumors that NONE of the laws & legislation he’d put forward or took credit for were written by him or even neccessarily found agreeable to his own shallow thoughts and everything he took credit for prior to running for prez were actually written by old-timers in Sprigfield,IL either too sick, or had too much dirt in the tarnished,twilight of their political careers to enter the running and they correctly assumed that those voters who’d felt guilty for backing Bush and the minority sector would guarantee Obamalamdindong would win the job and “reward” them for their “help” getting him into the Oval Orifice. If he was as likely to turn on the nuke industry the way he did on his constituents the way he caved in to the Tea Party d-bags his incompetence & failures in all other issues might be worth overlooking!!?? ~PEACE~

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Sadly..both sides are pro nuke.. I have written to my Democrats here in the blue state of Washington… only recently did I get a response that even questioned Nuclear power.. This is the time to vote Green or ??? the pervasive thinking in politics, bought with millions of dollars in lobbying is that Nuclear power is our savior.. either side will destroy our planet.. Newt or Romney or Obama… sorry that is the truth.

      • ion jean ion jean

        There wont be a U.S. Anti nuke president or congress until the people demand it…and WE ARE!

        Public radio carried a little of the grilling today, and interviewed a former five year NRC commissar who spoke of the “Nuclear Party” as its own damn political party, neitHer dem nor repub

        He said the 4 members are IN IT and Jaczko is NOT, but we already knew that…its just nice to hear it said on fringe MSM

        • Bones Bones

          Mr. Faraway fan is so correct. The two parties are exactly the same. They play tricks to make us fight amongst each other like we are rooting for a football team. Not to get super political on this board, but maybe Ron Paul is the way to get these nukes out. He believes in democracy and a democracy can only work with the absolute truth and no secrets or tricks. If states get their rights back maybe we can lobby each and every nuke plant locally. Start from the bottom up. I live a couple hours from TMI and I know first hand how these death machines can impact our lives. Schuylkill county has very high cancer rates. My one buddy in high school got leukemia and he was always active playing basketball with us. My Nan died of breast cancer. She beat the first round but then it came back a year later. I know I can’t scientifically link the two but if there is ANY chance that those plants can endanger my little nieces and nephew they must be shut down. PA is such a beautiful place to waste. I feel so bad for the Japanese, especially the mothers. I think most people down in their gut know that these plants are extremely dangerous. By utilizing and forcing this ancient technology, we are hindering the advancement of actually clean technology because of the massive diversion of funds to this disgusting, ignorant, and downright evil industry. Sorry for the rant, had a little to drink tonight but I’m just happy there are so many intelligent and caring people here who want to make the world a better place.

  • faf, point taken. The farthest left President had been a nuke engineer and had been involved in risking himself to prevent a meltdown, but did not venture to rollback nuclear. The current President has many friends and advisers who are pro-nuke. Yet It seems to me that the concerted effort to retain dangerous technologies and mining schemes is centered on the right.

    What’s needed is someone to sit down with each of these people and say, “someday there WILL be a shooting war in which weapons will target the US, it’s simply a matter of time … we were lucky during WWII. So tell me … if that happens, which do you think will more likely be a preferred target: A hardened missile silo in North Dakota or the open spent fuel pool at Fort Calhoun?”

  • James2

    If these guys conspired to delay nuclear safety data to the public or to congress, send the FBI to investigate – that’s a felony.

    • stock

      Uh, the FBI is busy running the door check at parties for Goldman and JP Morgan, so they can’t be bothered with those details.

    • Bones Bones

      They should be thrown in an isolation cell for the next 5 years. There should be a new law concerning democracy itself. If any power figure, who works for the government (the people) and interferes with the truth and tries to mislead the public or apply “spin” should be tried for endangerment of democracy and thrown in jail for the next 5 years if guilty. We would have to build a new jail just for all those in congress! Time we take the government back into our hands. We need more power at the local levels.

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        Dear Bones: Agreed and this is the most level-headed assertion. Any assertion, on the other hand, that surmises we can work within the status quo systems in the U.S., or anywhere corporatism exists, is deluded and is perpetuating and repeating the outcomes we’ve seen at Fukushima and all other failing nuclear reactor failures. We need active confrontational retaking, by the people, of the tiny power elite minority running all government and the most polluting corporations and institutions of government. Non-transparency is a de facto indicator of need for overthrow and real change.

  • jackassrig

    What I have read is Palo Verde was targeted by the Russians because of its importance to Southern California and Arizona. One nuc could paralyze the entire SW.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    What finally happened with the report? Did they release it to the public as they received it? Did they ammend it then release? Did they not release anything from the report?
    If released does anyone have a link to where it could be read?
    I’m not up on this report, obviously, thanks in advance for a reply.

    • aldo aldo

      All good questions to which I myself have no answers yet. It’s curious to me all around. The story’s been covered well in the media in a way that implies a deeper meaning. There’s something happening here….

  • Fred

    Sounds like a peer-reviewed report on Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) by our top government-funded climate scientists who will be out of a job and career if AGW is not a problem, doesn’t it?

    If the report goes against the religious dogma supporting our bureaucracy, the report must be changed and lies told to keep the panic high and the money flowing.

  • jackassrig

    The buildings are crumbling from radiation. There’s a lot of radiation coming out of the crater to cause the structure to collapse. He’s been smoking too much wacky backy.

  • stock

    Exposing one of the “Big Lies”

    THE LIE: “Nuclear is Safe as Long as You Can Feed Power Into Them”/ Carrington Event

    The current lie is a form of misdirection….a shell game of sorts. By pretending that by increasing the current hours of backup power available at Nuke Plants from 4 hours to 8 hours, that in that case “Nuclear is Safe”. The answer is Heck No! There are still many compelling reasons to eliminate nuclear power from our planet even if they made their backup power better than 4 hours. And one of these MOST COMPELLING is the Carrington Event.

    Mr. Carrington was a researcher who observed the sun with a telescope. He noticed a pattern of sunspots /storms never seen before. This created Aurora Borealis throughout the globe, even seen in Cuba. It fried some of the few pipeline and telegraphs in use at the time, the time was 1869. Supposedly, there was a similar event around 1600

    Read this article from NASA stating how another Carrington Event could wipe out our current electronic and electrical grid. I mean wipe it out for years. Not the end of the human species, but are you ready for that?

    These effects are not so uncommon….seems like we get a big enough event every decade or so—from NASA

    of the effects of solar geomagnetic storms on terrestrial communications when a huge solar flare on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance telephone communication across Illinois. That event, in fact, caused AT&T to redesign its power system for transatlantic cables. A similar flare on March 13, 1989, provoked geomagnetic storms that disrupted electric power transmission from the Hydro Québec generating station in Canada, blacking out most of the province and plunging 6 million people into darkness for 9 hours;

    Lets says that big portions of the grid were knocked out…

  • stopnp stopnp

    Yes. Nuclear power plants are ticking time bombs. Sl-1 in Idaho. Lucens reactor in Switzerland. NRX. BORAX-1. EBR-1. Windscale. Sodium reactor at Simi Valley. Fermi-1. A-1Chechoslovakia. Saint-Laurent France. Chernobyl. TMI. Now Fukushima. There was a submarine too. K-27. K-431. K-140. There was one in Russia in the 50s too. They turned the irradiated land into a national wildlife reserve. It’s in the shape of the plume of the radiation release. So yes they are ticking time bombs. In the us their licensing dates are all coming up. THey want extensions on places that should be decommissioned. Good stuff.

  • Bobby1

    Republican bill in US House seeks more oversight of NRC chief

    A Republican congressman introduced legislation in the House on Wednesday that would increase oversight of the chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Bill sponsor Lee Terry, of Nebraska, said in a statement that his proposal “pulls open the curtain that has hidden numerous questionable NRC actions in the past.”

    Terry’s bill, H.R. 3657, would require the chairman to “notify other commissioners and Congress” before using the emergency powers granted to the agency head by law.

  • Until we get corporations out of politics, nothing will change.

    Vote only for candidates that accept no corporate money; such as the Green Party candidates.

    Work on paying for elections with taxpayer money. Get all candidates equal air time, including third party candidates, otherwise what we have is a dualopoly owned by corporations.

    Until we do this as citizens and voters, it will just involve moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic as it sinks.. with lots of nationalistic songs on the way down..

  • The Carrington effect story above is great.. It is THE REASON to cancel all nuclear power plants.

    Can you imagine a solar storm hitting Earth and wiping out all power for a week? Over 400 nuclear power plants would melt down, possibly blow up, melt through and have all kinds of horrible consequences… just like Fuku, only WORSE, times some exponential number that I am afraid would be a life extinction event for just about all life on Earth, except may cockroaches.

    Maybe we should change the name of this to the Cockroach Effect?