Regulatory Meltdown: How Four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima   [open pdf - 2MB]

"In the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) issued a report, numerous letters and introduced legislation all aimed at highlighting potential safety vulnerabilities and accelerating the implementation of the needed safety enhancements. Congressman Markey was particularly concerned that the Commission was moving too slowly to adopt these new measures. In late October 2011, Congressman Markey sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requesting copies of all documents (including voting records, reports, emails, correspondence, memoranda, phone or meeting minutes or other materials) related to the events of Fukushima or the NRC's response thereto prepared or obtained by any Commissioner or member of any Commissioner's staff. […] The review of these materials indicates that: 1. Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima. 2. Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima. 3. The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima. 4. NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these Commissioners. 5. A review of emails and other documents indicates high levels of suspicion and hostility directed at the Chairman. 6. The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed."

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