** note on November 23/16. An item has been added in below, to the section on the CNSC Whistleblower letter. Lately, the news about glaring lapses in nuclear “safety” (an oxymoron if ever there was one!) seems to be coming thick & fast.
Failure of “regulators” to actually regulate.
- Leaks. Spills
- & whistleblowers!
- A rising chorus of whistleblowers
Some who are being listened to (one hopes!); some who are not.
This will be by absolutely no means a thorough list.
But one with enough information to surely make even the most die-hard nuclear supporter give pause.
In March (2016), 7 electrical engineers employed by the U.S. nuclear “regulator,” the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) put in a petition alleging dangerous safety issues at U.S. reactors, & calling on the NRC to either fix the situations, or shut the plants down.
* Read more about this here
Canadian Groups Call on Prime Minister Trudeau
Also in March (2016), more than 10 groups called on the Canadian federal government to do a review of the Nuclear Safety & Control Act, alleging that “Modernization of the NSCA is urgently needed in light of the lack of institutional independence on the part of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.”
* Full letter here
CNSC Whistleblower Letter
CNSC “specialists” submitted an anonymous letter to the President of the CNSC (Michael Binder – appointed in 2008 – after its previous head, Linda Keen, was fired) alleging “Our primary concern is that CNSC commissioners do not receive sufficient information to make balanced judgments.” And, “because insufficient information is made available, other branches of government cannot make informed decisions. For example, the government of Ontario cannot make a good decision about financing the refurbishment of Darlington without knowing all the facts.” Going on to cite several specific cases where tribunal members rendered decisions based on incomplete information; for example, allowing Ontario Power Generation (OPG) & CNSC staff to use out-of-date seismic risk data in a Darlington hearing.
textbook-example [Quick read! Textbook case of what the whistleblowers were complaining of.]
Federal Commissioner of the Environment & Sustainable Development: Audit Results
QUOTE: “The audit found that the CNSC conducted site inspections, identified instances of non-compliance, and followed up with plant operators. However, the Commission could not show that it has a well-documented planning process for site inspections at nuclear power plants. It did not carry out a quarter of the inspections it had planned over a two-year period, and three quarters of the inspections it did conduct went ahead without an approved inspection guide, though the Commission’s own procedures requires one. In other words, the Commission could not demonstrate that it is conducting the right number and type of inspections to provide the coverage required to confirm that compliance is sufficient.”
Audit report here
Media Items about the audit commissioner-audit-media-oct-416
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources: feeling the heat!
& let’s not forget:
- Arnie Gundersen: 40 good years & one bad day. Compares Pickering to Fukushima
- Four lessons from Nuclear Accidents (TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima)
- Hanford’s leaking tanks
- Great quote about Hanford: “The first priority at Hanford is to clean up the mess that Hanford made back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. In fact, that’s the only priority at Hanford. This is all Hanford does. Hanford cleans up Hanford. And we’re going to spend more on the cleanup than we spent on creating all of the original plutonium, uranium and thorium that was going to be used for weapons production.”– Dr. Marco Kaltofen discussing Hanford’s nuclear mess in Fairewinds video ‘America’s Nuclear Legacy – More than 6,000 Nuclear Dumps…and Counting'
- Sellafield whistleblower
- WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Project) - the ongoing saga at a facility “designed” to last hundreds of years ... yet which started to leak just over 10 years in. Latest here
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as they say…
Let’s face it. Claims about nuclear “safety” have always been fraudulent.
(Very partial list of nuke accidents.)
One can only hope now
that there are some people in “authority”
who have common sense
& some, well, let’s just call it chutzpah, shall we?
Who are paying attention
And take appropriate action.
** Quotes on the causes of the Fukushima accident
** Is Ontario ready for a nuclear disaster? (2011 article; still utterly relevant)
** Is Toronto ready for a radiation emergency? (Jan. 5/16 Toronto Star article. Still as relevant as when it was written)