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Turkey Point Nuclear Plant on Florida's east coast. No hurricanes heading their way, right? Oh wait!

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has enough leftover funds from past appropriations to continue operating for about a week, according to a statement on their website. If the shutdown is longer than that, 300 of their 3,900 employees will continue to report to work:

Of that number, roughly half are resident inspectors assigned to reactor and fuel facilities. The rest of the “excepted” personnel include staff necessary to initially respond to emergency situations at NRC licensed facilities. The Chairman, the NRC Commissioners and Inspector General are in addition to this number and are exempted from furloughs because they are Presidential appointees.
It's the height of the Florida hurricane season. Maybe the Republicans could make sure no hurricanes hit Florida nuclear plants during shutdown.

Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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  •  will the plants have to shut down? (4+ / 0-)

    Are we looking at de facto deregulation of the nuclear power industry or tons more sales for Big Coal?

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:20:22 AM PDT

  •  Marshall Law is ON THE TABLE as (2+ / 0-)
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    VL Baker, LinSea

    an option when protecting our country is at stake.

    How does that fly with the GOOPS (a/k/a "the GOP"?)

    "The Goops"

    by Gillette Burgess

    The Goops they lick their fingers
    And the Goops they lick their knives:
    They spill their froth on the table cloth
    Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
    The Goops they talk while eating,
    And loud and fast they chew;
    And that is why I'm glad that I
    Am not a Goop, are you?

    Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

    by Einsteinia on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:31:58 AM PDT

    •  It's Martial, not Marshall. And No. (4+ / 0-)
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      Einsteinia, BachFan, Mike Kahlow, LinSea

      At worst the federal agencies involved with law enforcement will be ordered back to work but as far as military forces being used instead, they have no more money than the other governmental branches.  Their spending bill wasn't passed either.  President Obama isn't going to put people not trained for situations into them when there are trained personnel ready, willing and able.

    •  Martial law is NOT on the table! (0+ / 0-)

      We will not go down that path. We are still a functioning democracy, even as some are using the rules of our democracy to try to hamstring it.

  •  The Republicans are playing with fire (7+ / 0-)

    and somebody needs to take away the accelerant and the matches before something really terrible happens.  If our lousy main-stream media was worth anything, they would have provided a list of the furloughs for every department in the federal government and what those vacancies mean.  

    Sort of along these lines, Mike Papantonio was talking this morning on the Ed Schultz radio show (he took over for 2 hours while Ed was somewhere else) about the use to which he thinks the Repubs are going to put these shut downs.  For example, he said, we know they HATE the EPA.  Well, watch them during Budget negotiations, gut the EPA using the excuse that "Well, we had the shut down and a lot of the EPA was furloughed and nothing went wrong, so clearly we can slash their budget.  We don't need them----they proved it during the shut down."  And I could surely see them doing the very same thing to OSHA as well.  Jesus, it's like half of the government has become totally insane.

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:36:30 AM PDT

  •  GOP courting nuclear disaster: (3+ / 0-)
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    Sandino, showthetaxreturn, LinSea

    not Fukushima, but FukuUSA

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:50:07 AM PDT

  •  You diary picture shows fossil fuel (5+ / 0-)

    combustion units,  but does not show any of the nuclear plant units at the Turkey Point generating complex.

    This link shows the actual nuclear units:

  •  It isn't that bad. (2+ / 0-)
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    Per RIS 2013-16 the NRC will continue to be able to respond to emergencies as before and will summon additional staff as needed in the event of an incident, just as FEMA will recall some of its workers as needed to deal with a hurricane.

    There are plenty of things to be upset about regarding the shutdown, like the interuption of WIC payments to poor mothers with small children and social security disablity claims that aren't be processed. Furloughing most of the NRC staff, while unfortunate, would not be on my top 10 of things to be upset about regarding the shutdown.

  •  Amazingly, the evening news (2+ / 0-)
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    covered programs that are shuttered and the people who are affected.  They interviewed a couple of Republicans who say they are rethinking what the party stands for.  If they stayed Republican this long, I don't hold out a lot of hope, but even having it show up on network news is more than I expected.

  •  This is getting totally out of hand (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow, LinSea

    On a related note... Who cares about science??

    "The death penalty is never about the criminal. They've already done their worst. The question is always "will we join them"?" - jlynne

    by Hopeful Skeptic on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:54:37 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the diary pimp. (2+ / 0-)
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      As a fellow scientist (and also dependent upon NSF), I wish you the best & hope the madness stops. Things just suck right now.

      •  :-) Thanks. Yes, science in the US is suffering. (2+ / 0-)
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        Mike Kahlow, LinSea

        In fact, I think the de-funding (or severely reduced funding) of sciences and education will hasten the fall of the US as a superpower.  

        Have you noticed that more and more of the best papers are being published by European and Asian researchers?  20 years ago US researchers probably wrote at least 75% of the top papers.  I bet it's less than 50% now.

        "The death penalty is never about the criminal. They've already done their worst. The question is always "will we join them"?" - jlynne

        by Hopeful Skeptic on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:56:46 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm at a PUI, not R1... (2+ / 0-)
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          LinSea, Hopeful Skeptic

          so I can't say that I'm up on all of the latest research. (And my career has taken a detour into STEM education.) But yes, from what I've seen we're falling behind.

          I have a better insight into the number of students who are going on to graduate study. It's not a good picture.

          On the bright side - for now, I think we still have the best system for undergraduate education, and for now, on that issue we are the envy of much of the world. For now...

    •  Chris Mooney has done science to R brains (1+ / 0-)
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      Hopeful Skeptic

      The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

      The meme in my subject line is from the Dresden Codak cookie of 2008, which also has a song.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 04:41:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  maybe we could organize a trip to florida for (1+ / 0-)
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    all the tea party bagmen and women to make sure everything works without fema/nooa/nrc/etc.

    why their very presence should part the waters to keep things safe, right?

    besides, it could be a paid junket for them to "examine" how well people can function without guvmint innnerferance.

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:59:59 PM PDT

  •  I'm sure that (1+ / 0-)
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    the free market, peace be upon it, will take care of any "situations" that arise as long as the government remains shut down.

  •  Bill O'Reilly and Lou Dobbs - What A Brain Trust (1+ / 0-)
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    Just turned on Bill O'Reilly for 10 seconds and Lou Dobbs is explaining how Obamacare will devastate companies with 5 or 6 employees. That killed enough brain cells.

    This is just like "The Ground Zero" that Billo was screaming about for years until the day it suddenly no longer mattered because it had opened.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:24:08 PM PDT

  •  What this affects: (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, Blubba

    Not emergencies. The NRC emergency support wouldn't be a factor in a "Fukushima-style" emergency - the operators on site and within the fleet would respond to the emergency. FEMA would be more important, were a true Fukushima-style emergency to occur. This is not some kind of ticking time bomb, as the bulk of the response effort is undertaken by staff at site by any number of severe accident management guidelines.

    The NRC are more important in reviewing proposed modifications, approving designs, giving thumbs-up or thumbs-down for decisions like restarting the reactor at Fort Calhoun, keeping inspection schedules, etc. If a hurricane approaches Turkey Point, there are already procedures in place to shut down and ride it out, with or without an active NRC, much like the nuke fleet in the northeast did during Sandy.

  •  Can you say T-h-r-e-e- M-i-l-e- I-s-l-a-n-d?KaBoom (0+ / 0-)
  •  Article (0+ / 0-)

    Beach babe in fl; remeber, the GOP doesn't believe in hurricanes and things of that nature. They chalk them up to scientific myths!

  •  Your picture (0+ / 0-)

    Is of a gas turbine plant. The nuke plant is on the other side of the canal.

    "Success is a dangerous as failure, hope as hollow as fear" - Lao Tzu

    by anotherroady on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:00:15 PM PDT

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