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Report: Every U.S. nuclear plant has staff of workers checking eBay to buy old parts (AUDIO)

Published: April 19th, 2013 at 10:11 am ET
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Title: Too Big to Fail
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: April 17, 2013

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Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: The average nuclear power plant has 6 guys on Ebay trying to buy old parts. And the reason for that is that if they put a new part in, and it isn’t like the like replacement, they have to go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and ask permission. So they literally have a staff at every nuclear power plant of people scouring Ebay, looking for old parts, so they can put those old parts in their warehouse. When one of their parts breaks they can replace in kind, as opposed going out and getting something better or newer.

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