AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

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AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110620/ap_on_re_us/us_aging_nukes_part1;_yl...

 

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety — and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.

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Oh, this is nice.

Israel reveals it has returned hundreds of kilograms of nuclear waste to U.S.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-reveals-it-has-retu...

 

Israel has returned hundred of kilograms of nuclear waste from its nuclear reactor in Nahal Sorek to the U.S., the head of Israel's Nuclear Energy Commission Dr Shaul Horev revealed on Monday.

Speaking at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ministerial conference on nuclear safety in Vienna, Horev did not specify the exact amount of waste that had been returned, but according to estimates, Israel has sent back at least hundreds of kilograms' of 93% enriched uranium, which was used to power the Sorek reactor.

The operation took place after Israel's Nuclear Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement for the return of the nuclear waste over a year and a half ago. After the agreement was signed, an American ship collected nuclear waste from both Israel and Turkey.

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I've read extensively on

I've read extensively on your first post and have come to the conclusion that the NRC is simply a cheerleader and promotor for the nuclear industry, not a real regulator. They rubberstamp permits and safety inspections for plants. 

You can still live in your hometown if the financial industry blows up, but not if that happens to a nuclear plant. Just ask the Ukranians and now the Japanese.

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