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NRC Chief: Commission Should Revamp Nuclear Safety Rules

The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who has been forced to resign by industry interests, said the agency should rethink its rules in light of the San Onofre problems, KPBS reports.

Nuclear Regulatory Chairman Gregory Jaczko, , said the agency should rethink its safety requirements in light of the problems at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

KPBS reported:

San Onofre, which provides about 20 percent of Southern California’s power, has been shut down since January after radiation leaked from its newly-installed steam generators.

Jaczko resigned earlier this week under pressure from other board members, who objected to his style and his stand on safety issues. He will remain until a replacement is appointed. He said today if it turns out the operator, Southern California Edison, complied with NRC requirements when it installed the new generators, then the NRC needs to rethink its regulations.

Read the rest of the article and listen to the radio broadcast here.

Read San Clemente Patch coverage of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station here.

PK May 24, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The real concern is: The older this facility gets the more potential "safety issues" are likely to occur. Is there an age limit for Nuclear plants?
Papa Rich May 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
There is a reason there are siren towers all around that area. They should not be built near population centers. We fought this before they built it...but of course the money won..We also said Nixon was a crook but no one believed that either...Lets give back California folks the whole coast highway again get rid of Camp Death Pendelton where they train to kill and harm...
george gregory May 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM
the decommission of songs would create lots of jobs and safety we are awash in natural gas in this country and building natural gas power plants would create lots of jobs building nuclear plants in unpopulated areas just endangers the wilderness and insures a even spread of poison some say the age limit for a nuke plant is 10000 years from the date they stop using it be completely dismantled longer than all written history
Marc Schroeder May 25, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This is outrageous that the person in charge of nuclear safety can be forced out if the industry he is supposed to regulate can just get rid of him because they don't like him doing his job?! That is like getting the Cop who wrote you a speeding ticket fired for doing his job. This is an industry that is clearly corrupt and the fact that our elected officials allow this kind of crap to go on indicates to me that they are bought and paid for and need to be replaced. Please do your part, contact them and let them know that it is past time for them to represent US instead of protecting these greedy criminals who risk our lives and take our tax dollars producing nuclear energy.

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