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It is perfectly possible that Inhofe, Booker, Crapo et. al. are simply lazy, stupid and ignorant in pushing a bill (S. 2795) claiming that US nuclear reactors are “operating safely and securely”. Maybe they’ve just observed that the US NRC does exactly what the nuclear industry wants anyway so should indeed have funding cut. It is actually pretty funny that all the workers at US NRC that have sold their soul to the nuclear devil have their jobs on the cutting block anyway. So, the proposal to cut funding to the US NRC is actually pretty funny. Watch and learn before you sell your soul to the devil. However, many NRC workers will just go home to their countries of origin, leaving the children of the American Revolution and others who have no other home stuck with their nuclear crimes. But, why not just totally shut down the US NRC?
[It should be easy to recall Senator Crapo’s name and we have, as can be seen below. Can’t explain why Carpo was written in the title – maybe an overzealous spell-checker? We just corrected it to Carpo.]
The attempt by Inhofe et. al. to stop mandatory hearings for new nuclear reactor types suggests other nefarious motives: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/us-senate-efforts-to-do-away-with-mandatory-licensing-hearings-for-so-called-advanced-nuclear-reactors-small-modular-reactors/
According to the idiotic statement in the Senator Inhofe sponsored bill S2795, “the existing fleet of nuclear reactors in the United States is operating safely and securely;…” (S.2795 — 114th Congress https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2795/all-actions?resultIndex=3&overview=closed Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]). Inhofe and his co-sponsors can’t read? The list of safety related problems-“incidents” reported to the US NRC appears endless: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/
http://www.c-span.org/video/?408515-1/hearing-nuclear-energy&start=5937 Why is the entire panel pro-nuclear? Read about them at the bottom of this post. Second from the left is Ashley Finan who works for the so-called “ Clean Air Task Force”, but has promoted the use of nuclear power in the Canadian tar sands industry.
The electrical defects for all but one US nuclear power station are so serious that 7 brave NRC electrical engineers put themselves at risk by demanding something be done immediately. They were ignored. These brave seven were led by an American from India who loves America. And, maybe he’s just smart enough to understand that the world environment is interconnected too.
This claim about the safety and security of US Nuclear Power Stations and push for nuclear deregulation is oddly coming from a Senator (Inhofe) from Oklahoma where there are no operating nuclear power stations, though Oklahoma is the location of the infamous Kerr-McGee site where Karen Silkwood worked.
Does Inhofe’s bill have to do with campaign contributions related to Andarko? https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00005582 Andarko inherited the Kerr-McGee liability:
Maybe Inhofe’s bill has to do with his funding related to Honeywell International: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/us-nrc-launches-special-inspection-at-honeywell-uranium-hex-facility-in-metropolis-illinois/
And, funding to Inhofe related to Southern Co. with their Vogtle Nuclear Reactors, both old and under construction? https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=C&cid=N00005582&newMem=N&cycle=2016 More overt, of course, is Inhofe’s military industrial complex funding.
[Note that OpenSecrets.org has the following explanation at the bottom of their information pages: “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.]
Maybe Inhofe wants to do injection wells for radioactive waste in Oklahoma? Maybe he loves those injection induced earthquakes?
Historically Inhofe has gotten funding related to other nuclear utilities and General Atomics, which were present promoting their so-called Advanced nuclear reactors at the Senate: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=n00005582&cycle=2012&type=C&newMem=N&recs=100 http://www.c-span.org/video/?408515-1/hearing-nuclear-energy&start=5937 (A quick look online shows that all or almost all so-called “Advanced reactors” are really a repackaging of old, dangerous, mostly failed nuclear technologies. Some were called “Advanced” almost half a century ago. Even the pie in the sky fusion concept makes more tritium, which leads to difficult to filter radioactive water, which TEPCO continues to dump into the Pacific because they are too cheap to filter it or store it.)
If Christina Back-General Atomics have a safe product then why are they apparently afraid of mandatory public hearings?
And, wait, there’s more – “ConverDyn, a general partnership between affiliates of Honeywell and General Atomics, is the exclusive agent for conversion sales from the Honeywell Uranium Hexafluoride Processing Facility.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeywell_Uranium_Hexafluoride_Processing_Facility
Just looking at Senator Inhofe makes one want to duck and cover. Is he what Brother Malcolm had in mind when he talked about the blue-eyed devil? However, can one remain in a nuclear bunker forever? Where to get clean air, food and water? Maybe the super rich can afford to make an underground biosphere, but most people can’t. And, animals cannot.
Senator Markey pointed out at the Senate hearing on this insane bill:
“So, laced throughout the bill as it is drafted is an assumption that there are inherent safety features built into Advanced design for reactors that make it safer automatically… Are these new technologies actually inherently safer? We have to have the capacity to be able to determine that. Will the public be able to ask questions?
The industry’s has always tried to get the public out. But after Three Mile Island, after Chernobyl and after any other number of other incidents, the people don’t trust the experts anymore. They want to be able to ask questions too. Because these power plants are going into their neighborhoods. You can’t wall out whole areas of the country from these questions…
From my perspective, public input is vital and should actually be strengthened. The new reactors should not be exempted from important safety requirements that historically have been required. And, that the NRC budget should not be capped…
We know one thing. These power plants are now 20, 30, 40 years old and to say that you need less health inspection – You’ve gotta go to the doctor more the older you get. There are more things that can go wrong the older you get. And, to reduce the budget of these aging power plants in densely populated areas all across the country, and say at the same time we’re gonna have lower numbers of personnel, lower amount of fees and revenues that are going in. It runs totally contrary to how we think about it. There are issues like embrittlement in nuclear power plants… they cause issues that require a lot of additional attention…”
The conflicts of interest of two co-sponsors regarding deregulation of new nuclear reactors jump straight out to the eye with no research needed – Cory Booker of NJ where Holtec’s Kris Pal Singh wants to foist small modular reactors upon the world, along with thin shelled spent fuel storage. Since the US NRC gives Holtec all that it asks for, why they even need funding is indeed questionable. Booker has the backing of George Norcross who sits on the Holtec Board.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Cory_Booker https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/holtec-lockheed-martin-and-the-nj-political-machine/ Holtec’s Kris Pal Singh also sits on the board of Norcross’ hospital, which now has ties to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Norcross
This tie-in between cancer centers and the nuclear industry appears a conflict of interest. A smoking pathologist once said in a light-hearted manner that they needed to promote smoking for it was good for their business. Certainly nuclear failures and general discharge of radioactive materials to the environment, with or without accidents, increase business for cancer centers.
Hard to repair clustered DNA damage is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax, L.K. Folkes, P. O’Neill, Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578e585
“The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage“. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf
Then there is crappy Crapo and his overt conflict of interest with the Idaho National Nuclear Lab https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/us-senate-efforts-to-do-away-with-mandatory-licensing-hearings-for-so-called-advanced-nuclear-reactors-small-modular-reactors/ Idaho is a large low population state and INL is a major employer.
Who is the jerk Carper who made a smart-alec comment about Senator Markey getting an extra 3 minutes? Carper’s gotten major funding related to Dupont with long-standing ties to the nuclear industry. And, Akin Gump law firm which advises the nuclear industry. However, deregulation would seemingly be bad for their business. So, maybe he’s just a jerk pure and simple. Much of his funding is related to big banks and big pharma. https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=I&cid=N00012508&newMem=N&recs=20&cycle=2016
Oh, wait, maybe it’s Carper’s Exelon – biggest nuclear utility – funding ties and funding ties to Honeywell which has a trouble ridden, dangerous, uranium hexafluoride conversion facility – that made him carp about Markey’s extra 3 minute attempt to protect nuclear safety.
https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2016&cid=N00012508&type=C&newmem=N If you watch the c-span video you will see what a disgusting jerk Carper is with his carping.
“The Honeywell Uranium Hexafluoride Processing Facility, a uranium conversion facility, is located 3 km northwest of Metropolis, Illinois. The plant, Honeywell Specialty Chemicals in Metropolis, Illinois, has a nominal capacity of 15,000 tU as uranium hexafluoride per year. ConverDyn, a general partnership between affiliates of Honeywell and General Atomics, is the exclusive agent for conversion sales from the Honeywell Uranium Hexafluoride Processing Facility.”
Another bill sponsor, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is nose deep in funding related to the nuclear military industrial complex: https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=C&cid=N00027533&newMem=N&cycle=2016
Another sponsor Sen. Deb Fisher of Nebraska has funding related to mining, construction and GE: https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=N00033443&cycle=2014&type=I&newMem=N&recs=100
There are probably more nuclear ties in all of this if you study the companies listed on OpenSecrets in detail, but we’ve no time to investigate. WHY ARE PEOPLE ELECTING THESE EVIL JOKERS? IT’S HARD TO GET A GOOD US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BUT IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE TO PUT IN GOOD, INDEPENDENT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH SOME EFFORT.
The Despicable Pro-nuclear Panel
1. Christina Back General Atomics->Nuclear Technologies and Materials Division
2. Nuclear pusher masquerading as an advocate of clean air even though her history is of pushing nuclear for tar sands: Ashley Finan Senior Manager “Clean Air Task Force->Energy Innovation Project ”
3. Maria Korsnick Chief Operating Officer Nuclear Energy Institute
4. Edwin Lyman Senior Scientist Union of Concerned Scientists->Global Security Program claims to be for nuclear but safe nuclear, even though that’s an impossibility. Safer is still better than unsafe.
5. Victor McCree Executive Director, Nuclear Regulatory Commission->Operations, getting his after having sounded like a jerk to a whistle blower and others in a TVA public hearing.
6. Jeffrey Merrifield U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council->Advanced Reactor Task Force
Ashley Finan’s group the so-called clean air task force is a nuclear pusher. She has a particularly despicable background. She came out of MIT’s nuclear “school” (apparently bad excuse for one). Her background includes working for Stone and Webster-Shaw from May 2006-Jan. 2008 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_%26_Webster Her work there as well as her MIT research assistantship dealt with use of CANDU or HTGR for Canadian oil sands! Not a joke. How clean air is that? Not!
Update Note 2019: This post previously referred to a statement by Greg Palast, which can be seen here. We thought he was a legitimate journalist, but some of his recent statements about Venezuela have been proven false. Hence, read at your own risk: http://web.archive.org/web/20190110024155/https://www.gregpalast.com/completely-and-utterly-fail-in-an-earthquake.
Areva Shaw was the builder of the MOX flop which is reportedly defective, late with costs overrun, and a dangerous idea in the first place.