Nuke power plant safety shuffle.

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    U.S. Nuclear Regulators Weaken Safety Rules, Fail To Enforce Them: AP Investigation
    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

    Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

    The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety – and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._lnk2|216523
     
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    Citing a Huffington Post hit piece as your source really weakens your anti-nuke argument.

    The NRC has been ridiculously over-regulating the U.S. nuke power plant industry ever since the overblown media circus also known as "the Three Mile Island accident". Easing up on some of these "overkill" regulations is NOT a sign of weakness or failure. It is a sign of COMMON SENSE.

    The United States has the SAFEST and most reliable nuclear power plants in the world, and the thousands of people who operate our nuclear power plants are dedicated and highly trained professionals.

    I used to be one of those people. I retired a few years ago.
     
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    How does one " over-regulate" a fucking nuclear power plant ? Did you retire or receive a mental disability ?
     
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    You can over-regulate anything, such as requiring a 10X safety factor when 5X will do, or specifying 8 redundant systems, when 4 will do.
     
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    YOU have given a sign that you favor opinion, supposition and conjecture over FACTS and logic. So far, you have NOT been able or willing to address the content of the article, therefore your opinion is irrelevent to the subject at hand regardless of your past employment. Come back when you are willing to honestly discuss the content of the article.
     
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    True, but the article specifically points out how the "regulations" are not only NOT being enforced, but having their goal posts moved constantly to appease the nuke power industry on many instances....and with nuke power and it's waste products, that's not a good idea.
     
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    If we would let them build newer nukes without 20 years of lawsuits and environmental reviews, this would not be nessasary. You have to remember alot of the regulations being changed were reflexive ones created probably during TMI and Chernobyl, and they are likely over cautious, because it is human nature (including regulators) to overreact in times of trouble.
     
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    Why in the hell should we let the same people who have a documented history or lying and covering up the problems of the old designs currently working sell us on some new theorectical designs while selling us the SAME guarantees?
     
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    Well said, marty. You hit it right on the head. Over-regulation is the answer for the ignorant enviro-wackos who refuse to stay in their own lane.

    I am not going to engage a bunch of ignorant anti-nukes who have never so much as set foot in a U.S. nuclear power plant facility. They have NO CLUE what they are talking about. I would be better off debating a HOUSE PLANT.
     
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    Why should I trust someone to regulate nuclear power who's overriding goal is to eliminate it as a power source? Also, please "document" your history of lying and covering up problems, making sure, of course, to show systemic and widespread deception.

    Considering how many operating hours we have in this country with only one moderately serious accident occuring, I see nuclear power as pretty damn safe in its current configuration.
     

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