by Jim Riccio
April 28, 2011
Nuclear reactors are inherently dangerous and a bad idea. Running old nuclear reactors 20 years longer than they were intended is an even worse idea.
But that’s exactly what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is determined to do.
Any day now, the NRC will decide the fate of over a dozen aging nuclear reactors in this country. Some of them are of the very same design and vintage as those that exploded and melted down in Japan. But the bureaucrats at NRC have NEVER denied a nuclear industry application for renewal. That’s not a legitimate licensing process; that’s a radioactive rubber stamp!
Right now there is more public awareness of the dangers of nuclear power than there has been since Chernobyl. The NRC knows that people are paying attention and that it is supposed to regulate reactors and their deadly wastes. That’s why we’re asking the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, to put away the rubber stamp and halt the re-licensing of dangerous old nuclear reactors.
The NRC did not even pause to learn the lessons of the Fukushima disaster. Within days of the disaster in Japan, the NRC rubber stamped the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee for ANOTHER 20 years.
It should not take a Chernobyl or a Fukushima on U.S. soil for government bureaucrats to regulate this dangerous technology. Please send a message right now to NRC Chairman Jaczko urging him to STOP re-licensing dangerous old nuclear reactors.
The NRC is supposed to protect the public health and safety. Rubber stamping nuclear reactors to run 20 years beyond their licensed life only serves to bolster the corporate bottom line. Together we have the power to change that.