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Ugly divide at NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) pits Jaczko vs. fellow commissioners (OMG bad)
Politico ^ | 12-9-2011 | Darren Goode

Posted on 12/09/2011 8:10:53 PM PST by Danae

A war among the five commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission broke into the open Friday night when Republican Rep. Darrell Issa released a letter in which four of the commissioners said they have “grave concerns” about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko.

In the letter — which was sent to the White House in October but not made public until Friday night — the four NRC members say Jaczko, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is a bully who is “causing serious damage” to the commission with “increasingly problematic and erratic" behavior.

The letter from Democratic Commissioners William Magwood and George Apostolakis and Republicans Kristine Svinicki and William Ostendorff says Jaczko "intimidated and bullied" staff, told staff to withhold information and ignored the views of the other members of the five-person commission.

In turn, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released a report late Friday — originally set for a rollout Monday — charging that those four commissioners had “conspired to delay and weaken nuclear reactor safety” after Japan's Fukushima disaster in March, including by resisting Jaczko's efforts to implement new safeguards.

“The actions of these four Commissioners since the Fukushima nuclear disaster has caused a regulatory meltdown that has left America’s nuclear fleet and the general public at risk,” Markey said in a statement. “Instead of doing what they have been sworn to do, these four Commissioners have attempted a coup on the Chairman and have abdicated their responsibility to the American public to assure the safety of America’s nuclear industry.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: military; nuclear; reactors; weapons Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: basil

ping for later


2 posted on 12/09/2011 8:17:01 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Danae

0bama is pure Evil and this sort of thing is to be expected.


3 posted on 12/09/2011 8:17:19 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Danae

Yep, and it is only gotng to get worse.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 8:18:17 PM PST by McGavin999 ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Danae.


5 posted on 12/09/2011 8:18:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: McGavin999

That my friend, concerns me more than I can express in words. THAT alone scares me.


6 posted on 12/09/2011 8:20:54 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

This is ridiculous.

The “accident” at Fukushima wasn’t an accident: it was an environmental disaster caused by nature. As such there wasn’t anything humanly possible to prevent it. Of course, in Sen.Markey’s opinion, the solution is no nuclear plants or subs at all.

I haven’t heard any new information on how high that tsunami, which swept over the facility, acutally was determined to be. Last I read it was 48 feet in height. If it was higher I would definitely like to be corrected.

Senator Markey is using that tragedy as an opportunity to screw over the nuclear industry in this country. He has already done a massive disservice to the nation by participating in the coming shutdown of coal burning power plants which supply 60% of all electrical energy in the nation.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 8:25:51 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Danae

Actually, you could say that this is good news. As usual, Obama appointed a leftist nutball to run the NRC, in hopes of shutting the nuclear industry down. But even his own two other Democrat appointees are resisting.

That’s better than what is happening at the EPA, the Department of Energy, and elsewhere.

I had expected that Obama and the left would use Fukushima as a reason to shut down the entire industry, and was wondering what was taking them so long.

Not that this isn’t pretty bad—another key agency run by an Obamanoid nutball extremist. But evidently he isn’t entirely getting his way.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 8:27:09 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: unkus

There is Evil, Then there is Stupid. Then there is deliberate Stupidity to the point of being evil.

All of it is INCOMPETENT.

That damn freak in the White House should be REMOVED forthwith. He is a clear and Present Danger to this Nation.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 8:27:35 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae
Not that it lessens the significance of you post and associated concerns, but the NRC is responsible for Civilian use of nuclear materials. All military use for propulsion on ships is monitored through DOD, via the Naval Reactors group. Not sure where the nuclear weapons fall, as far as jurisdiction, but do not believe it to be the NRC, either.

Again, neither of those facts lessens the dog and pony show unfolding as cited in your post.

10 posted on 12/09/2011 8:31:30 PM PST by DKM
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To: Cicero

It doesn’t affect just the Power Generation side of things. The NRC governs all our Nuke weapons as well.

Incompetence of this scale should be punished by jail time. It isn’t just us at risk here, it’s a global risk. That Jackhat chairman should be the first in line to get 25 to life followed closely by his boss OholyO.


11 posted on 12/09/2011 8:31:47 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

“That damn freak in the White House should be REMOVED forthwith. He is a clear and Present Danger to this Nation.”

Amen.


12 posted on 12/09/2011 8:33:24 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Danae

There is Evil, Then there is Stupid. Then there is deliberate Stupidity to the point of being evil.

All of it is INCOMPETENT.

That damn freak in the White House should be REMOVED forthwith. He is a clear and Present Danger to this Nation.


He’s pure Evil. No explanations necessary. Evil has bad consequences. You’re right. the Evil sonofaitch is a extremely dangerous.


13 posted on 12/09/2011 8:35:12 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Danae

Who has the guts and the patience to carry out impeachment and removing that idiot we have as president? As far as I know, NO ONE! DISGUSTING!


14 posted on 12/09/2011 8:36:54 PM PST by Buddygirl
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To: DKM

About NRC
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
is responsible for regulating domestic activities
related to radiation protection and nuclear safety
for nuclear facilities and for promoting the common
defense and security related to uses of radioactive
materials. The NRC also licenses the import and
export of radioactive materials, participates in
international nuclear activities, including multilateral
and bilateral safety and security activities, and
works closely with its international counterparts to
enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide.

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1614/v4/strategic-plan-at-a-glance.pdf


15 posted on 12/09/2011 8:37:17 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

This is a COMPLETE Cluster F*** of the highest Order. The NRC controls EVERY nuclear thing in the US. From our nuclear power plants, to the reactors on Subs and surface ships, to nuclear weapons.

I know what you mean but fortunately this is total BS. The civilian operators and the military control the nuclear power plants and weapons, and they know what they are doing.

The NRC is in charge of oversight, and frankly, I wouldn’t trust a democrat to be anywhere near the truth, and especially someone having worked closely with Harry Reid, that’s right guilty by association.

Ed Markey doesn’t inspire any confidence either injecting political crap into the issues. I’m betting Jaczko wanted to “REACT” to the Japanese disaster by government overreach. Sort of on the order of the German Chancellor shutting down all nuclear generating plants.


16 posted on 12/09/2011 8:42:17 PM PST by wita
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To: Danae

Yep, this is yet another disaster-in-progress that can be laid right at the feet of that Marxist piece of dog feces, Ubama.


17 posted on 12/09/2011 8:42:32 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: DKM
but the NRC is responsible for Civilian use of nuclear materials

Actually... that's partially true. It is responsible for ALL nuclear material in the US (and abroad, if we have a hand in it). That was a big issue with President Truman. DOD gets bombs from NRC.

/johnny

18 posted on 12/09/2011 8:48:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: wita

That is not correct. The NRC can and does have a direct effect on our military. See this PDF of a recent (March 2011) vote of the commission.

www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc.../commission/cvr/.../2011-0023vtr.pdf

The NRC has a big impact on the Military.


19 posted on 12/09/2011 8:50:55 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has no authority over naval reactors.


20 posted on 12/09/2011 8:50:55 PM PST by bagman
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To: Danae

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has no jurisdiction over nuclear weapons.


21 posted on 12/09/2011 8:52:26 PM PST by bagman
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To: JRandomFreeper

No, it does’t. The Department of Defense gets nuclear weapons from the Department of Energy. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has no role in nuclear weapons.


22 posted on 12/09/2011 8:54:51 PM PST by bagman
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To: Danae

It gets worse.

The EPA will have to over rule the NRC. And then the Dept. of Ed. will have to approve it.

As long as it’s OK with Dept. of AG that controls climate and hands out welfare.

But are all the jobs union the NRLB wants to know and the FCC must know if you have the permission to ask.

And Dept. of Energy needs to know if the TSA screening machines don’t use too much energy, whilst the Dept. of Homeland Security is fondling little boys and girls.

Meanwhile Dept. of State is promoting transgendered freakiness.

Dept. of Defense is promoting gay animal husbandry while the Dept. of Obamacare and the Dept. of the MSM...


23 posted on 12/09/2011 8:55:04 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Danae

Oops sorry for the truncated link! Here it is: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDIQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nrc.gov%2Freading-rm%2Fdoc-collections%2Fcommission%2Fcvr%2F2011%2F2011-0023vtr.pdf&ei=pOLiTtv_JozJiQKBha3RBg&usg=AFQjCNHqbGsnQuBalnp4nEhh01oFNyGwbA

Also see commentary from R. W. Borchardt Executive Director for Operations: pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1035/ML103570349.pdf


24 posted on 12/09/2011 8:58:26 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: bagman
So... that dotted line from the President to the NRC that extends down to DOE and DOD... they aren't involved? And have no role?

/johnny

25 posted on 12/09/2011 8:59:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Danae

The NRC can and does have a direct effect on our military.

Effect yes, control, no, and it is why I said, I know what you mean.

Those men and women actually in control and operating reactors and working on weapons know what they are doing, and is why in the sixty plus years of reactors, we have not had anything close to a Chernobyl, or worse a nuclear accident involving weapons. May it ever be so.


26 posted on 12/09/2011 9:02:27 PM PST by wita
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To: bagman

You are right, it just regulates the PARTS in nuclear weapons, which by the way, also covers such things as depleted Nuclear Rounds and things like that. The NRC works closely with the DOD. Just do a Google Search on this search string: “ ‘Nuclear’ ‘Regulatory’ ‘Commission’ ‘Military’ “ and get back over 10 million hits. More PDF’s and reports than you could possibly ever read.


27 posted on 12/09/2011 9:03:49 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

That’s a vote on radium-226.

From the Wikipedia article on the US Department of Energy

he United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government concerned with the United States’ policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include the nation’s nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. DOE also sponsors more basic and applied scientific research than any other US federal agency; most of this is funded through its system of United States Department of Energy National Laboratories.

In the United States, all nuclear weapons deployed by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) are actually on loan to DoD from the DOE/NNSA,[3] which has federal responsibility for the design, testing and production of all nuclear weapons. NNSA in turn uses contractors to carry out its responsibilities at the following government owned sites.


28 posted on 12/09/2011 9:06:05 PM PST by bagman
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To: basil
I guess these things are expected when you put an anti-nuclear nut job in charge of the NRC.

Can't issue new licenses due to "budget cuts".
Increase "safety" so that it is too expensive to run. Like coal plants and 100 watt light bulbs. They aren't banned per se just made to difficult to do.
Oh yeah and the ass clown shut down Yucca mountain against the objections of the rest of the board.

They should not be voted out of office, they need to be removed and brought to justice. With extreme prejudice.

29 posted on 12/09/2011 9:14:12 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: bagman

Who do you think writes the regulations the Military Implements? hint, its NOT the Smurfs.

http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/search.cfm?q=military+weapons

Thats searching the NRC site for Military and Weapons.

http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/search.cfm?q=military+surface+fleet+Nuclear+Reactors

Here is another one searching: Military surface flees nuclear reactors.

The NRC has a very large footprint in the military and only an IDIOT would argue otherwise.

Heres another one: http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/search.cfm?q=military+submarine+Nuclear+Reactors
This searches Military Submarine nuclear reactors.

My Husband was an E6 on board the USS Grant SSBN 631 They spent months, 24/7 training to get that boat certified. Who ran the cert process ultimately? The NRC. yeah, look at this PDF: pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0826/ML082610050.pdf What else did that boat hold? Yeah, Ballistic Missiles.


30 posted on 12/09/2011 9:20:28 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: bagman

Look, Don’t EVER cite Wikipedia to me. Ever. If I do that on a college paper, I get an automatic “F”. Why? Because it is completely unreliable. Cite ORIGINAL sources ONLY.

Your post is useless with out an original citation.


31 posted on 12/09/2011 9:24:06 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have no idea what dotted line you are talking about. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for instance, has reviewed the proposed spent fuel repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, which is a Department of Energy project.

The NRC has oversight of environmental conditions at DOD sites, but things like naval reactor design (Department of Energy) and operation (Department of Defense) are not under the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

I have spent some time this evening going through the websites for the Savannah River Plant (SC) which produced materials for the nuclear weapons program and the Pantex Plant(TX) which is responsible for components of nuclear weapons. There’s not much mention of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on those sites.


32 posted on 12/09/2011 9:40:50 PM PST by bagman
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To: Danae

Just because you get hits when you do a search doesn’t mean that there’s meaningful documents. I tried your searches and they don’t validate your assertion. Sorry.

The NRC does not certify naval reactor operators or submarines. That pdf you cite has to do with the packaging of a discharged reactor compartment so that it can be transported on public highways.

The subject of the pdf you cite is not exactly what I would call a major regulation of naval reactors by the NRC. If you can cite the organization within in the Nuclear Regulatory staff that regulates naval reactors (and I mean design, operation, manufacture, training, etc), then I will readily grant your assertion.

The fact that you refer to submarine reactors doesn’t exactly indicate that you have much knowledge of the subject. I think that you would find that the term used by those with experience in the field is “naval reactors.”

And, you know, I did a search on the NRC website for naval reactors, and, good golly, I got lots of hits! And, guess what, they are mostly dealing with the transportation of components discharged from naval vessels. I don’t see any relating to reactor design, operation, manufacture, etc.


33 posted on 12/09/2011 10:01:51 PM PST by bagman
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To: Danae

Guess what, this is not a college paper. I don’t trust the Wikipedia for political information, but articles on items such as the Department of Energy or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as long as they are dealing with organizational issue and mission statements are usually pretty good.

Try this out for size.

http://nnsa.energy.gov/ourmission


34 posted on 12/09/2011 10:06:50 PM PST by bagman
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To: JRandomFreeper
From www.nrc.gov

MISSION

The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.

35 posted on 12/09/2011 10:31:42 PM PST by DKM
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To: Danae
Your citation says nothing of militaristic use, only civilian. I spent much of my young life in the U.S Navy nuclear propulsion program and never interacted with nor was I under the jurisdiction of the NRC. Point of authority in that realm is NR, otherwise known as Naval Reactors, a department of the US Navy and subsequently monitored under the rules of the Department of Energy.

From the Energy.gov website, aka the DOE

Our National Security Priorities
•Insuring the integrity and safety of the country's nuclear weapons
•Promoting international nuclear safety
•Advancing nuclear non-proliferation
•Continuing to provide safe, efficient and effective nuclear power plants for the United States Navy.

36 posted on 12/09/2011 10:56:49 PM PST by DKM
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To: Danae
representaive markey is another in the long line of communist gifts from Massachusetts.

Another "never waste a good crisis" debacle.

37 posted on 12/10/2011 1:23:16 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama)
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To: Danae
"That damn freak in the White House should be REMOVED forthwith. He is a clear and Present Danger to this Nation."

First we have to defang the corrupt, biased, anti-American media.

38 posted on 12/10/2011 2:09:49 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: DKM
It is all interrelated with the DOD and the NRC each having different areas or responsibility. A unit that moves from operation to decommission and disposal will dictate how the unit and by which agency the unit is handled.
39 posted on 12/10/2011 2:16:20 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH
Remember, Citizen... nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon America. nobama is the Destroyer . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
40 posted on 12/10/2011 4:47:00 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: basil

But he hasn’t given the gift of a drone to Iran and China, right? What secrets could a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have anyhow? Seems a lot about nothing - considering what’s been going down in the last few days.../s


41 posted on 12/10/2011 8:07:20 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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