Senators demand congressional investigation into safety at US nuke plants — Public concerns heightened after recent news reports

Published: June 26th, 2011 at 11:57 am ET
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Senators demand congressional probe on nuke safety, Associated Press, June 23, 2011:

Three U.S. senators, alarmed by findings of an Associated Press investigation about aging problems at the nation’s nuclear power plants, asked Thursday for a congressional investigation of safety standards and federal oversight at the facilities.

The request by Democrats Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and independent Bernard Sanders of Vermont builds on increased public concern about nuclear safety in recent months – an outcry unlike anything since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.

Public interest first spiked after the March accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. Concern has been heightened this week as the AP began releasing the results of a yearlong investigation into aging related safety problems at the 104 reactors operating in the United States. [...]

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29 comments to Senators demand congressional investigation into safety at US nuke plants — Public concerns heightened after recent news reports

  • DarylAnn

    a tad bit late to the race… just saying


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  • Cindy

    At least people are starting to realize these things are in their backyards, and not just far removed in Japan.

    That this type of accident could happen about anywhere.

    Seems there is a rubber stamp to just automatically renew the liscences on these older plants


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  • Another Dog and Pony Show for the Senate.


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  • tony wilson

    HOW ABOUT 1 PERSON IN GOVERNMENT IN THE NEWS MEDIA,ACTOR,MUSICIAN,DIRECTOR.
    BREAK THE SPELL AND SAY IT.
    FOLKS 1000S OF POUNDS OF PLUTONIUM GOT SENT AROUND THE WORLD IN MARCH AND IT’S GONNA KILL A LOT OF YOU.
    THE FUKY POOLS,THE MISSOURI DO NOT MEAN SHIT NOW.


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    • Yes. What well-known personality in the media/entertainment arena has had the balls to make any significant public statement about the true facts of the nuclear situation? Apparently no one. Humanity? Where is that?!

      For instance, where are all the famous musicians who do concerts for the “good of the world” and who “speak out about injustices”?! Hiding in their mansions counting their money, it seems.

      The only “statements” made have been via actions, from a tiny handful of people like the two New York Met opera singers who refused to go on tour to Japan a month back. And also I have read that some prominent motorsport folk are worried about racing in Japan this year. Such a tiny number of people saying anything.

      Sadly, the facts about the plutonium are not good, as you say. A lot of suffering and death to come. It is certainly depressing and yet those of us who are so moved will continue to speak out about these crimes until the end (however that end comes for each of us). Speaking for myself, anything less is submission to tyranny and that is not an option.


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      • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

        I agree. I’ve called them several times and they are complete morons; bought and paid for, lacking any knowledge, privileged, and don’t give a crap about any of us. What this country needs is a direct democracy. The system is completely corrupt and beyond repair! Obama is a total fraud way who represents Goldman Sachs, the pharmaceutical companies, and the nuclear industry.

        Obama let BP destroy the Gulf of Mexico by dumpting tons of corexit in the water, a banned poison. He sits on his hands and does nothing about the nuclear crises. Add to his impotent Presidency the fact that his administration favors birth control, abortions, and population control, the same garbage Gore was spepwing the other day about global warming, how we have to limit our population.


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      If what you say is true, you are correct Tony Wilson…..


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      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        And how could anyone be the bearer of such news? I think this was not a controlled event and many, many, from all walks of life, could perish. If the absolute worst does occur ….


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  • alasanon

    Finally! I know some groups have been haggling Senator Boxer in CA, as they well should!! If you harass them enough, in great enough numbers, it may actually move a muscle!!
    CA: You’re in grave danger- nuke fallout, plus a fault line that is ready to bust loose! Are you there?? ANYBODY HOME??!!!…
    I’m worried about friends, classmates, and cousins in CA…!! I shared all my info, but I find it’s not altogether sinking in yet.
    Props to the citizens & enviro./public health groups who stay on those CA Senators!!…I signed every petition!!


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    • alasanon

      Actually, everyone I know in CA is not fully awake on this. (and they are ordinarily VERY smart people) It may be a willful effort–it’s so hard to believe this & possibly give up their slice of paradise! :(
      If I were there, my reps. would not forget me! ;)


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      • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

        I would move if I could, but I have a large family in the Bay Area and there’s no way I can move them all…and I don’t want to leave them, either.

        And again, going east means going closer to the nuke plants in crisis there…until that gets cleared up I wouldn’t consider it.

        I just try to keep myself and my family as prepared as possible for earthquakes and radiation…


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  • Cat101

    …and no mention in article of Ft. Calhoun or Cooper nuclear plant troubles that are currently enfolding…nothing like talking around the 300lb. elephant in the room.


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  • radegan

    My prediction? Lots of nuke money will be contributed to certain campaigns and they will decide to appoint a commission to investigate.


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    • That’s funny, but in a sad way, as it is likely going to be exactly true. :-( The ruling powers do like to play all sides of an issue so that the entire process, including the “opposition”, is in fact controlled and moved towards a certain outcome (eg. a “commission” that uses huge amounts of taxpayer money and takes months or years to come to “conclusions” that there is “nothing to see here” – a la 9-11).


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      My Prediction – Once infant mortality hits 75%, shit will hit the fan big time…..


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  • arclight arclight

    an article on web sensorship and website blacklisting seems appropriate about now!
    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201162411435684939.html


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  • Jaskal

    A great opportunity for someone to form a new committee and look great to voters. It will be expensive and lead to no action.


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  • GGALATIS

    Yeah right, like the time they looked into the nuke safety issues identified in the 1996 and 1997 TIME magazine stories, or during the Congressional 9/11 Commission’s investigation on nuke safety, or during all those meetings since 2001-2011 when the Union of Concerned Scientists presented nuke safety issues (see the historical list of nuke issues on their web site), or all the nuke safety issues presented by Robert Alvarez of the Institute of Policy Studies since 2000, or the fantastic 83 page report written by Dr. Thompson of the Institute For Resource and Security Studies in 2003. Instead, maybe they should look into Obama and the NRC not only sanctioning, but paying for a study conducted in 2010 entitled, “2010 WORLD MUSLIM POPULATION” (see, http://www.pupr.edu/hkettani/papers/HICAH2010.pdf).
    Maybe, instead of the Senate or Congress conducting another worthless investigation on nuclear safety, that instead,”we the people” demand a criminal investigation of members of Congress, something like the Nuremberg trials, but for “willful blindness,collusion, intentional misconduct,etc,” and not just on this issue, but others. It is obvious they view us as “useful idiots” and rightly so since all we do is to continue to vote them in and buy the media that supports their BS as news. Yeah, we can continue to ignore reality, but can not ignore its consequences.


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