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Friday, March 25, 2016

NRC Admits That NUcelar Plants Under It's "Regulation", Regularly "Chill" Dissent and Problem Reporting

Stright from the mouth of the NRC
http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2016/03/24/a-chilling-effect-is-not-cool/


steamshovel2002    March 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm

It doesn’t go past me Columbia and Watts Bar chilled environment occurred in 2015. Is it just a coincidence both these happened in 2015? No doubt Columbia nuclear plant should get a chilled environment NRC inspection. So the Columbia whistleblowers went to the news media, while the Watts Bar whistleblower senior reactor operators went to the NRC (Allegation)? I wonder, according to the whistleblowers, does the NRC chilled environment inspection or news media get more corrective action within the plant? I’ll tell you what, it grinds through the gears a lot faster with the unproved public disclosure of problems and the resultant corporate lawyer internal investigation?

I remember when I was a whistleblower at Vermont Yankee in 1992. Vermont Yankee was getting straight “A plus” grades from the NRC. The troops at my plant seen a drastic decline in safety and performance at the plant. So I wrote a letter to the governor and then accused her of sitting on my safety concerns. I remember as my issues were getting explained in the papers, the NRC stated that VY got very good grades at the plant for many years. It was one of the best operating plants in the USA. Then months later, as I was under a deepening cloud, the senior resident inspector approached me while I was in the plant. He wanted to thank me for my efforts. He said the agency couldn’t see the beginning of the decline in the performance of the plant, as you disclosed your problem. He said now, the NRC could clearly see the decline.

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http://steamshovel2002.blogspot.com/2016/03/march-23-2016-mr.html">http://steamshovel2002.blogspot.com/2016/03/march-23-2016-mr.html

“Junk Nuclear Plant Safety Culture: Why did Columbia and Watts Bar Emerge in 2015”

It is noted the first stage Columba whistleblower internal corporate lawyer investigation stated “There has been a decline in performance at Energy Northwest’s nuclear power plant near Richland, the Columbia Generating Station…”.The NRC’s 2015 assessment of Columbia notes no such decline in performance. Why is there so much daylight between the Columbia’s internal whistleblower investigation and the NRC current annual assessment?

Personally I think the term “chilled environment” (impaired safety culture) is misnamed through campaign contributions. Davis Besse hole in the head is a chilled environment that got away from everyone. Safety culture should be another safety limit: “A restriction or range placed upon important process variables that are necessary to reasonably protect the integrity of the physical barriers that guard against the uncontrolled release of radioactivity.” So any detectable so called chilled environment is a violation of a safety limit and requires an immediate plant shutdown. Especially seen and perceived by many people?

You know, another one of these societal deterrence tools.

Mike Mulligan
Hinsdale, NH

12 comments:

  1. Let's see...Loose will be here to say that ALL NPPs are filled with safety conscious and well intentioned do-gooders. And that the only Chill is them all chilling out and high fiving each other as they save humanity from our own ignorance...piss in our face and say its rain Loose, c'mon I dare ya.

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    2. People have to be subject to incredible scrutiny to work there. It's not for Walmart or McDonalds workers that appeal to rat farmers although many more carcinogens are sold at the former, and the latter.... well you,are on your own. The reason NRC stopped their investigation on living near nuclear plants was there just was no basis to believe an investigation was warranted.

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    3. While you may indulge in urinating against the wind, from my vantage point, which is from production and industrial settings and not some academic ivory tower, I can say that if you haven't been there and done that, nuke ops that is, then you might as well make it up as you go along. You don't have any other reference frame, other than extrapolation from what you think is factual, but actually is not. It's as if you can fly the shuttle just by playing with your simulator. It's not the real deal.

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    4. LooseKook had this to say.
      People have to be subject to incredible scrutiny to work there.

      Ya right, like the 1000 workers busted at nuke plants for drugs and alcohol in just one year,

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    5. They got busted. How many industries and professionals go unchecked? Your surgeon may be as high as a kite. There are a half million working in nuclear and you quibble over 0.02%.

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    7. 100 plants, 600 per plant. 60,000

      Over 1% busted for drugs and alcohol, PER YEAR

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  3. No. I'm saying since you've never worked in a formal conduct of operations nuclear environment and have to perform under a microscope where every little nit gets overblown in the news media you don't know what the eff you are talking about. Some whistle blowers are guided by good intentions but most are disgruntled and have an axe to grind. Why don't you ask them. I say because all you have is your sanctimonious high horse, that you have to go about your vapid and vacuous existence harping with the rest of the rat farmers.

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  4. exactly as i expected... the vaunted claims of authority, And laughable attempts at insult comedy. You may have a future after all in the open mic night circuit. At least your karma would improve. Keep pissin'!

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    1. Funny that no matter how hard the LoosKook tries to "get some game" he still missing the point, consistently.

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