“You won’t believe this”: US nuclear regulator meets to discuss 80-year licenses for old reactors -Expert (VIDEO)

Published: October 18th, 2012 at 5:02 pm ET


Title: Interview with David Freeman
Source: IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: Oct. 12, 2012
h/t MsMilkytheclown

David Freeman, a senior advisor with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign […] was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. Subsequently, Freeman served for two decades as general manager of several large public power agencies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is a renowned expert on clean energy, efficiency and the risks of nuclear power.

At 27:30 in

David Freeman, former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority: And now guess what? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last Thursday, guess what they met on? You won’t believe this… The subject of the meeting was 80-year licenses for old nuclear power plants […]  If you have a plant operating for 80 years [next to an earthquake fault] you’re not just rolling the dice, you’re practically committing suicide […] everyone living within a 50 mile radius is a guinea pig.

Full broadcast here

Published: October 18th, 2012 at 5:02 pm ET


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20 comments to “You won’t believe this”: US nuclear regulator meets to discuss 80-year licenses for old reactors -Expert (VIDEO)

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    The NRC commissioners should, by law, be forced to have a sixty-year-old pacemaker implanted in each one of them. They can continue to consider re-licensing as long as the pacemakers keep ticking.

    They can't remove them when they leave for their next jobs back in the industry. They have to have them for life, just like we have to have their crumbling-ass atomic boilers 'for life'.

  • Max1 Max1

    And the 100 year insurance policy… ?

    • jec jec

      Government fund(??) covers any accident over 300M…..someone needs to UP the insurance amount paid by the private companies which OWN the nuclear plants. Frankly, homeowneres and citizens affected in any accident..have to PROVE to the government they were damaged, al la BP Oil Spill. Does everyone LIKE how that disaster helped all the victims? Some are still in litigation…and the problem/disaster on going still…..Think the Nuclear and Oil Industries need to RETHINK their insurances..IF an insurance company would be willing to cover them…

      Oh..and what has happened to the Disaster "slush fund" paid in by the companies involved? How much is there collecting interest?

    • richard richard

      shouldn't that be a 1000 year insurance policy? At least.

  • markww markww

    TVA has Killed People and whistle blowers All old reactors should be dismantled and then destroyed The age and the Ability for the MID areas to have earthquakes would turn these old concrete structures and piping units to Powder.


  • After reading so long on enenews,I have learned about the death knell of the nuclear industry and the complete hoax they broadcast via the main stream media .

    We must continue to get the word out …
    Thumbs up to all Enenewers and admin here .
    No nukes .

    • +1

      "…the death knell of the nuclear industry…"
      – Mission

      Ding, Ding! = Fukushima Daiichi

      An 80 year license. How can that even be a consideration.?

      All Nulcear Power Plants should be shutdown and the drive toward renewable energies must begin like our lives depended on it. Germany is going to leave the USA in the dust when it comes to clean cheap energy.

  • Nukites

    I hope someone here keeps a tab on the NRC agendas to see if any of these decisions are open to public comment. It be nice to know if we could chime in since we are the insurers.

    • richard richard

      Nukites, 'nice' wont work. Do you really think 'chiming in' will actually have any affect?

      Don't get me wrong, it would be nice if it could work. But you're up against the Nuke and Military Industrial Complex. They have billions of dollars, lobbyists in every government, they are directors of media and insurance companies. They have universtities and schools and kindergartens and disney.

      They will not listen to any anti-nuke sentiment or compromise. The nukers are slef-righteous and brainwashed into their own godlike selves.

      The industry has the BOMB. Thousands of bombs. They own the world.

      Do you really think asking nicely will do one single thing to stop the juggernaut of doom?

      You need to think of alternative action plans. That don't contain the word 'nice'.

  • Mack Mack


    "… an AP review of historical records, along with interviews with engineers who helped develop nuclear power, shows just the opposite: Reactors were made to last only 40 years. Period."

    "As part of a yearlong investigation of aging issues at the nation's nuclear power plants, the AP found that the relicensing process often lacks fully independent safety reviews. Records show that paperwork of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission sometimes matches word-for-word the language used in a plant operator's application."


  • Sickputer

    The DoD and the NRC both have an affectation for hanging on to old clunkers.

    Look at the B-52 bombers… They first came off the line in 1952 and the B-52H in 1961. 742 were built and 76 are still flying. They plan on keeping those 76 in service until 2040 when they will be nearly 80 years old.

    The difference between the fleet of B-52 planes and crumbly old nuclear plants is that the Air Force cannibalizes the 600+ dead B-52s in museums and plane graveyards.

    In the U.S., 29 reactors have been permanently shuttered and 13 of those are in the process of being decommissioned, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Each decommission runs about $1 billion currently. Not much usable parts from those old death machines. The business of decommissioning is going to get much more expensive when salvage companies get alarmed by the bad deal EnergySolutions ade in contracting to tear down the Zion NPP in Chicago. Their loss in the ten year teardown contract is projected at $100 million. That has a lot of people in the industry spooked as well as the investment bankers.


  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    12 reasons why all nuclear power plants must be shut down; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/12-reasons-why-all-nuclear-power-plants.html

    Super Solar Storm To Hit Earth In 2013 'Carrington Effect'; 400 Nuke Plants Will Melt Down/Explode; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/super-solar-storm-predicted-to-hit-2013.html

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The hubris of teeny weeny pro nuke humans who think that they can win a 'war' against Nature is laughable…

    Nature wins in the end, every time, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Best to be in harmony with Nature, than fighting against it.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Remember the ancient Greek story of the boy who flew too close to the sun?

    Humanity is flying too close to the sun…

  • Mack Mack

    Bahrain postponing nuclear energy

    Interesting quotes from Dr. August Schlapfer – German University of Flensburg director of energy and environmental management in developing countries:

    **** "Although the risk of a catastrophic failure is minimal, it has dire consequences – for example, look at the Japanese power station."

    **** "So there is a huge cost associated with the start-up, not to mention the fact that it takes around 15 years for a facility to be built," he said.

    **** "The price of nuclear energy is going up and at the same time the price of renewable energy is going down.”

    **** "These facilities need to be as far away from major populations as possible."

    ( NOTE: And yet look how close nuclear power plants are to major population centers in the U.S. )


  • dosdos dosdos

    The 80 year thing goes back to July. It's been brewing for a while. It clearly shows the corruption involved in the US nuclear biz. It is their way of punishing the US citizens who have effectively squashed new nuclear power plant construction.

  • The bottom line is no new nukes are being built in US anyways as investors see what a poor investment they are. An 80 year license? These guys must be sniffing glue. It is well documented that steel gets brittle when exposed to radiation. 80 years is just shooting themselves in the foot. Right now much of the public isn't aware of how dangerous nuclear is and how much government money is needed to prop up this useless technology. They are flying under the radar. One more accident in USA will wake the public up and kill the industry for good. I wonder if they thought about that?

    • Mack Mack

      Does anyone think we'll be told if there's an accident in the US?

      Look at how they covered up Three Mile Island:


      And to this day, at least 2 of the NRC Commissioners have testified that there have been no deaths in the US due to nuclear energy.

      And look at how radiation from Japan in the U.S. has been lowballed and stonewalled…

      I just don't think we'll be told. They'll claim they didn't want to "cause a panic" or "it's in the interest of national security."