US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

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. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Lynn Caporale - Jun 20, 2011 - 4:54 AM PDT
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - Jun 20, 2011 - 8:37 AM PDT
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by Jon Mitchell - Jun. 20, 2011

This is a very thorough, convincing report from the AP. It points out so many obvious cases that the problematic pattern reveals itself without the need for any editorial commentary.

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by Lynn Caporale - Jun. 24, 2011

1)I've added a link to a second AP story, focused on leaks from aging pipes that are buried and rarely inspected. 2) This turned out to be a 4-part AP story. It was followed up by a reporter's dream, at least some Senators proposing to investigate further. I have added a link to that AP report as well

Records show a recurring pattern: Reactor parts or systems fall out of compliance with the rules. Studies are conducted by the industry and government, and all agree that ... More »

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