The headline on Markey's Congressional website reads:
New Report Details Conspiracy to Delay, Weaken US Nuclear Safety in Wake of Fukushima.
Notice the word conspiracy, highlighted so prominently. Markey did that on purpose. He has staffers who do nothing but pay close attention to nuclear industry/regulatory goings-on, they absolutely don't like what they see in the documents they received in response to the request. Almost all of which, the report notes, were labeled "not for public release."
Rep. Markey's office reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including emails, correspondence, meeting minutes and voting records, and found a concerted effort by Commissioners William Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis to undermine the efforts of the Fukushima Task Force with request for endless additional study in an effort to delay the release and implementation of the task force's final recommendations.
The full 45-page report from Markey's office is entitled Regulatory Meltdown with a subtitle of "How Four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima." I urge followers to go ahead and read the entire report, as you will find references throughout to documents I have already featured in my series. Which now come back to haunt the regulatory apparatus that is so corrupted by industry lobbying influence as to have been rendered toothless when our own nukes have suffered earthquakes, loss-of-power incidents, flooding, etc. SINCE Fukushima became part of our vocabulary.
Incorporation will take some work, so look for the result later this week. Meanwhile, I link again the installments in my series for your convenience…
Fukushima Docs 1: NOT A DRILL
Fukushima Docs 2: I Feel Like Crying
Fukushima Docs 3: Divide and Conquer
Fukushima Docs 4: Heavily Redacted
Fukushima Docs 5: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
Fukushima Docs 6: Did We Know This??
Fukushima Docs 7: Your Career Likely Over
Fukushima Docs 8: We made the Onion!
And, just for good measure, this one about Chairman Jaczko's ongoing problem trying to wrestle the NRC into doing its job…
NRC Chairman: Nuclear Complacency = Unsafe Nukes
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