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Head of the US nuclear regulator resigns

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posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:10 AM
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Head of the US nuclear regulator resigns


physicsworld.com

The chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), particle physicist Gregory Jaczko, has announced he is to resign. The announcement comes a year after congressional Republicans objected to his leadership in phasing out the proposed nuclear-waste repository in Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
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posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:10 AM
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Bittersweet....

That was the first thought I had regarding this development.

First off, I would like to say that I tend to agree with the implication in the article... this is about the Nuclear Industry political lapdogs total dismay at not achieving their goal of having the tax-payers foot the $10 billion dollar invoice to create a hiding place at Yucca Mountain for their exceedingly dangerous nuclear waste.


Jaczko's time as chairman had recently been hit by a number of accusations over the handling of the $10bn Yucca Mountain facility – a site that Congress had designated as the sole potential location for a national deep underground nuclear-waste dump before funding for the repository was terminated in 2011. After allegations by commission staff that Jaczko had "unilaterally and illegally" stopped a safety-evaluation report on the facility's design, last June Hubert Bell, the NRC's inspector general, accused Jaczko of "using forceful management techniques to accomplish his objectives" while noting that he had operated within the law.


I don't know if it was his intention to torpedo the project.. but essentially that is what happened. And I'm glad of it.

The local population (as in people who actually live there... NOT the corporate/political types who have a voice) was dead set against this time bomb being accumulated in one of their most precious landmarks... not to mention the cultural and religious significance of one of the "First Nation's" Sacred Mountains.


In October Jaczko's four fellow commissioners – George Apostolakis, William Magwood, William Ostendorff and Kristine Svinicki – then wrote a letter to the White House accusing Jaczko of "causing serious damage" to the commission that could affect safety at US nuclear plants.


Remember those names... in decades to come they will likely be high-level lobbyists and or executives of the nuclear industry, or the global energy cartel.

These people tried everything to marginalize and diminish the soon-to-be former commissioner... even accusing him of making a hostile work environment for women (I see this as a political attack.. but who know? Maybe he did.)

But another political appointee is on the way.


Svinicki, the only female commissioner, told Congress last December that Jaczko had created a working environment in which women felt especially threatened. Jaczko has categorically denied that charge. Early this month the Obama administration nominated Svinicki, a former aide to Republican senators, for another term as an NRC commissioner.


Imagine that... the accuser takes over... how... Machiavellian.


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a socialist who supports Democratic policies, praised Jaczko for "his efforts to hold the nuclear industry accountable".


Ahhh, the political kiss of death... praise comes from the "socialist."




physicsworld.com
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edit on 23-5-2012 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:23 AM
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Good riddance! His first job should be to protect the public...



posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:42 AM
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Good thread.
I don't think this is a case where he is resigning because of the people, but because of politics.
His ends were well intended but it seems like he stepped on some toes in the process.

I remember hearing that the Yucca mountain storage was already mostly full before being completed, leaving the impression that another solution has to be found regardless of the storage already in place. How about spending $10b finding a way to deal with it rather than just paying for a spot to place some. Oh right, because it's not our money, it's the taxpayer's.
So, with this mindset, I think this guy was trying to do the smart thing, but it didn't agree with politics.



posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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I suspect you're right. But unfortunately for us this opens a whole new window of opportunity for the politically well-connected lobbyists to push for a more 'reliable' commissioner who can get them what they want. And we have to be clear on what they want...

To NOT be responsible for nuclear waste. Right now they are. But with a tax-payer funded mega-waste containment facility it would be a problem they can eventually call "an externality" and their profits would increase substantially as they divest themselves of the toxic waste at our expense.

The safety report that was nixed may have been the usual corporate half-truth-filled white wash we have always been subject to by this (and other) industries who manage to infiltrate the regulatory bodies via political appointment.

But I suppose we may never know for sure... because politics is not about the truth... it's about what "sells."



posted on May, 23 2012 @ 12:09 PM
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Bingo.

Too much money in politics.
Just breeds corruption, and it can all be done under the guise of safety.

Edit: The person to invent a way to use the spent fuel will make some bank. Just gotta dig it out of the ground first.

edit on 5/23/2012 by MeesterB because: (no reason given)




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