Nuclear Power Whistleblowers Charge Federal Regulators With Favoring Secrecy Over Safety The Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina. (Union of Concerned Scientists) Richard H. Perkins and Larry Criscione are precise and formal men with more than 20 years of combined government and military service. Perkins held posts at the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration before joining the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Division of Risk Analysis in 2008. Criscione landed at the agency a year later, after five years aboard the USS Georgia as a submarine warfare officer. Now both men are also reluctant whistleblowers, stepping out publicly to accuse the NRC of being both disconcertingly sluggish and inappropriately secretive about severe -- and in one case, potentially catastrophic -- flood risks at nuclear plants that sit downstream from large dams. Nuclear power is part of the equation for carbon emission free energy. However, one must realize that the present reactors pose a significant threat is thing go badly wrong. Fukashima taught us that. And an evaluation of the effect of a major upstream dam failure on the Missoure River is not at all encouraging.