Thursday, June 7, 2007

NRC Speaks Out of Its ASS Again-Claims Spent Fuel Pools Are Safe

Armor Piercing Bullets Are All But Standard Issue In a Gang or Terrorist Groups Arsenal, Yet NRC Removed Them From The DBT
Anything in the name of relicensing, including speaking falsehoods...ask Neil Sheehan who seems to have taken lessons from Entergy's Steets...spent fuel is safe from terrorist attacks, and even if the spent fuel pools were successfully attacked, you will be fine, so go hide in your basements and shut the fork up. HEY NEIL...BLOW ME! Seriously your wife (if you have one) must hate your guts for being so sinisterly dishonest. How does your family feel knowing you condone licensed murder of citizens in host communities? Maybe I'll send you one of our Nuclear Dead Baby Dolls and you can take some pictures for our web site at NRC headquarters for us.

Meanwhile, perrenial NUCLEAR BULLY, Entergy is trying to get Pilgrim Watch's last contentions dismissed in a motion for Summary Judgement. You see, the fact that Pilgrim Watch raises some very important issues is beside the point...Entergy wants to avoid a hearing AT ALL COSTS, so they are looking to throw the contentions out on a technicality, using a barrage of Gestapo like thugs with law degrees to find loopholes they can jump through in preserving their profits, instead of doing the right thing and abiding by a host communties desires...face it, the risks of continued hosting of these aging relics far outweigh any benefits to a local community, so Entergy resorts to national statistics, and averages, thus claiming false support and safety standards for their tritium leaking, cancer causing terrorist targets.

Even and internal NRC document admits the NRC has failed to spend adequate time dealing with the potential after should a significant event occur, and a GAO report says the nuclear industry has now stacked the deck in a manner that unfairly tilts the scale between public safety and the nuclear industry's least I read the report that way. The good news...hell holds a special place for people that think nothing of poisoning and killing local populations. Let's hope the judges see through the legal smoke and mirrors, and admit there are issues of material fact that need to be heard at an open hearing.

By the way, Pilgrim Watch has lost their attorney, and is moving forward as a Pro Se litigant with the answer due in a matter of weeks. So, if any attorneys out there are reading this, and can give them a hand, sure they would be eternally grateful.
NRC doubts terror risk from spent nuclear fuel Let's be Honest...The NRC Will Doubt Anything That Might Reflect Negatively On a Application For License Renewal...Where's Fat get in my stomach right now!

By George Brennan
June 05, 2007
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a court-ordered report it continues to believe that storage sites for spent fuel at the nation's nuclear power plants are not at risk of terrorist attack.

While the report doesn't specifically mention the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, it could tip the regulatory agency's hand about an ongoing safety review of the plant.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant
The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim currently hold 2,602 spent fuel assemblies
The pool is expected to reach its capacity of about 3,700 spent fuel assemblies in 2014,
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant opened in 1972 and is licensed to operate until 2012.
Entergy, the company that owns the plant wants a 20-year extension on the license
Source: Entergy

The Diablo Canyon report, filed last week, was ordered by the Ninth Circuit Court in California. In it, NRC officials determined that in the event of a terrorist attack there would be no "significant effect on the human environment," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said yesterday.

"The dose to the nearest affected resident, from even the most severe plausible threat scenario ... would likely be below 5 rem. In many scenarios, the hypothetical dose to an individual in the affected population could be substantially less than 5 rem, or none at all," the report states.

The average American is exposed to about 360 millirems of radiation each year from natural and man-made sources, according to the NRC. For example, a chest X-ray would expose an individual to about 15 millirems of radiation.

A nuclear plant worker's annual safe exposure limit is 5 rem, which is the same as 5,000 millirems.

"Even if it happened right across the street, you would not exceed 5 rems of exposure," Sheehan said. Overall, the threat is considered minimal, he said.

It's an assessment that Mary Lambert of Duxbury-based Pilgrim Watch laughed at yesterday. "The obvious issue is that the NRC doesn't want to listen to reality."

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Lambert's group want NRC officials to consider terror threats — especially in light of the 9/11 attacks — in deciding whether to renew Entergy's license to operate Pilgrim for 20 additional years.

"Diablo Canyon broadly shows the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can do an (environmental) analysis regarding terrorist threat, which we have asked for," a spokeswoman for Coakley said.

But the two plants are different because officials at Diablo Canyon are requesting a dry cask storage facility, while Pilgrim stores its spent fuel in a pool on site, the spokeswoman said. Coakley has also asked the NRC to consider other risks, such as a natural disaster, she said.

Dry storage casks like the one proposed in California are reinforced concrete vaults built to withstand a nuclear accident. At Pilgrim, the spent fuel rods — from 35 years of operation — are kept in a pool that has a steel reinforced liner and that is within a building with steel reinforced concrete walls, Sheehan said. "Both methods are considered safe."

There is no centralized facility in which to dispose of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants in the United States.

A suit brought by Coakley, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston, is on hold at the attorney general's request. She is waiting until the NRC acts on her petition to make security part of the licensing process before she decides whether to continue with the court action.

That type of security isn't part of the licensing process because it requires constant oversight, Sheehan said. New measures were put in place after the 9/11 attacks, he said.

Meanwhile, Entergy has asked for summary disposition from the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of several outstanding issues posed by Pilgrim Watch, which are still before the board evaluating the license extension, Pilgrim spokesman David Tarantino said. "We found some of (Pilgrim Watch's) demands were unreasonable and were not a serious attempt to form a resolution."

Pilgrim Watch's issues go beyond the two main issues that are part of the license extension process — environmental impact and the integrity of the plant's parts and structures, he said.

The agency granted Pilgrim Watch an extension to June 29 to respond to Entergy's summary judgment request because the watchdog group's pro bono attorney has moved to Africa.

"David's gotten a little smaller and Goliath's gotten bigger," Lambert said.

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