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By now, this whole TVA-Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor Unit 2 saga is past degenerating into farce. It is still offline and no official explanation. A pro-nuclear blogger supposedly calling up the TVA PR person to get an explanation is emphatically not a replacement for an official report. It simply makes the situation even more patently absurd.
What did the US NRC conclude in March, about which they are soon having a meeting? “The NRC has determined there is sufficient evidence to support the existence of an environment within the Operations Department where your employees do not feel free to raise safety concerns to your management because they fear retaliation and do not feel that their concerns are being addressed. Our concern is heightened by information that indicates undue influence and direction of licensed operators from sources external to the control room affected operational performance. We are concerned an environment exists where control room operations may be influenced by management in a manner that undermines licensed senior operator responsibility for directing licensed activities.” http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1608/ML16083A479.pdf
So, especially in this context, everyone is to believe what a TVA PR Manager told a pro-nuclear blogger then? If you believe that’s fine then there’s land to buy in Bayou Corne, LA (Louisiana Sinkhole).
Putin and his PR hirelings must be tickled to death for it takes eyes off of the fact that Russia is exporting defective nuclear equipment. France must be happy too to have eyes taken off of Areva-Le Creusot nuclear defects both within France and without. It also turns eyes from France’s new nuclear fiasco at Flamanville. Meanwhile, Americans can die of cancer while laughing. The end of the Cold War? Russia and America die laughing or laughing as they die?
On the 27th of October, Joey Ledford Public Affairs Officer Region II for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission put out a blog post about Watts Bar Unit 2 starting commercial operations last week. Absent was any explanation of why it’s been back offline for days. Explanation remains absent from the NRC “events”, their euphemism for their euphemism “incidents”, as well as their euphemism for accidents: https://web.archive.org/web/20161028021407/http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2016/20161027en.html
The Tennessee Valley Authority belongs to the US government, also known as to the American people. And, yet, the US regulator can’t find out what’s wrong with it? The US Congress needs to wrest back control of its mad nuclear creation. There needs to be a Congressional Investigation: http://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/03/us/tva-pact-with-a-plant-chief-called-improper.html
Son of Frankenstein trailer appears appropriate: http://youtu.be/v6B7zDZe9gw (Not our youtube channel so we are not responsible for the ad).
“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay/To mould me… did I solicit thee/ From darkness to promote me?”
On Wednesday, October 26th, the US NRC emitted what seems a tacit admission that they are going to go see why the TVA is not telling people what’s going on at Watts Bar: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/tva-watts-bar-nuclear-workers-frightened-of-raising-and-addressing-safety-concerns-us-nrc-meets-with-tva-officials-on-nov-3rd/
Meanwhile, everyone is supposed to depend on a former nuclear Navy enlistee become pro-nuke blogger, Rod Adams, who once aspired to sell Small Modular Reactors before giving up, and who alleges that he “contacted Jim Hopson, the Manager of Public Relations at TVA” and that Watts Bar 2 was shut down due to transformer issues. And, to believe the TVA PR Manager?: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20161028001211/http://atomicinsights.com/watts-bar-2-shut-since-oct-23-due-transformer-issues/ At least Rod Adams admitted that it was offline and claims he called for transparency, embellished, of course, in typical pro-nuclear blah, blah.
But, why does the public have to depend upon what a pro-nuclear commentator says, especially one who has misled people about Arnie Gundersen and Jimmy Carter’s credentials and who knows what else? Rod Adams may or may not be telling the truth, PR Manager Jim Hopson may or may not be telling the truth, but that is really beside the point. Why are people supposed to depend on the PR manager for TVA and a pro-nuclear blogger for information? And, this is the people’s nuclear power station! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/tva-watts-bar-nuclear-workers-frightened-of-raising-and-addressing-safety-concerns-us-nrc-meets-with-tva-officials-on-nov-3rd/
Jim Hopson, Manager, Public Relations
It is indeed public knowledge that the majority of US nuclear power stations are electrically messed up and probably hopelessly so. There are frequent notifications of defective breakers and other electrical parts in nuclear reactors throughout America. So, no surprises if it is a transformer problem, as alleged.
At the very least Joey Ledford was just too lazy to see what was going on. At the worst he is engaged in a coverup. Name them and shame them as the saying goes.
The article is entitled:
“Under NRC’s Watchful Eye — New Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Comes on Line Posted by Moderator on October 27, 2016 Joey Ledford Public Affairs Officer Region II
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The original is here: http://web.archive.org/web/20161028015412/https://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2016/10/27/under-nrcs-watchful-eye-new-commercial-nuclear-power-plant-comes-on-line/