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'Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced...

The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are “highly unusual” for a current or former member of the safety commission, according to The New York Times. Asked why he had suddenly decided to make the remarks, Jaczko implied that he had only recently arrived at these conclusions following the serious aftermath of Japan’s tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daichii nuclear facility. “I was just thinking about the issues more, and watching as the industry and the regulators and the whole nuclear safety community continues to try to figure out how to address these very, very difficult problems,” which were made more evident by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, he said. “Continuing to put Band-Aid on Band-Aid...

posted on: Apr 13, 2013 | author: Staff writer

Our Public Safety and Drones Surveillance...

TAKE ONEPresident Obama was making a joke. He was at the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He welcomed the Jonas Brothers and said, “Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you – Predator drones. You will never see it coming.” And thus we have it, life in America as a video game featuring a former science fiction coming to your backyard airspace theaters: drone predators… TAKE TWOClive Smith, reporter for the Guardian … Read...

Our Public Safety and Drones Surveillance
posted on: Jan 21, 2013 | author: Simon

Safety Tips when Taking MRI Exams

An MRI scanner is safer than an X-ray. The dangers come from the ability of magnets to attract metallic objects and to heat them up. And since the magnets can never be switched off, you have to be watchful of metallic objects on your person all the time. Some things you should watch for when you are scheduled for an MRI. * Help the technologists complete your MRI entry form accurately. Be especially careful to tell the technologists if any metal objects have been medically implanted in you, such as a pacemaker or an aneurysm clip. * Tell the technologists about your background or occupation. If you have worked a lot with metal, e.g. in welding or machine...

Safety Tips when Taking MRI Exams
posted on: Nov 14, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Senator presses NRC on issues at Calif nuke plant...

In a letter, Sen. Barbara Boxer asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for documentation on how the federal agency reviewed generator modifications, which might be the culprit in vibration that has damaged hundreds of tubes inside the complex machines. At issue is whether operator Southern California Edison sidestepped any federal requirements by conducting extensive design changes, a claim leveled by an environmental group that said the alterations are at the heart of the plant’s problems. – LakeWyliePilot...

posted on: May 16, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Pentagon restricts F-22 jet flights over safety issues...

Since 2008, officials say at least a dozen F-22 pilots have reported suffering a lack of oxygen but engineers have yet to figure out how to fix the problem.Under Panetta’s decision the F-22 Raptor will no longer be conducting longer-range flights and would instead stay within reach of runways to ensure a pilot could land in an emergency, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.He said that “effective immediately, all F-22 flights will remain within the proximity of potential landing locations, to enable quick recovery and landing should a pilot encounter unanticipated physiological conditions during flight”.The move meant that “long-duration airspace control flights” out of Alaska would be carried out by other aircraft, Little said, without offering more details.Panetta...

posted on: May 16, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Why is safety a divisive issue for Nuclear Regulatory Commission?...

NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko has found himself on the losing side of 4-1 votes that usually end up favoring less stringent regulations for the industry. He’s also been the target of a congressman’s attacks. Reading between the lines, it’s probably fair to say that Greg Jaczko may not be someone you’d want to work for. As chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he’s been accused of yelling at people, browbeating subordinates and picking fights with his fellow NRC commissioners when he doesn’t get his way. That’s pretty much the totality of the bill of particulars Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) put out in December in support of a concerted, albeit unsuccessful, campaign to drive Jaczko from his job....

posted on: Apr 28, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Palisades nuclear power plant downgraded by Feds over safety issues...

Courtesy of WSBT-TV – The agency groups nuclear plants into one of five regulatory columns depending on their performance, with the fifth category being the worst. Palisades was bumped from the second to the third column. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Palisades is one of only four plants in the nation in either the third or fourth columns. None are in the fifth. Palisades spokesman Mark Savage tells The Associated Press the violations that caused the NRC investigation involved equipment or maintenance. He says the plant is operating safely. Palisades is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. – Courtesy of...

posted on: Feb 16, 2012 | author: Staff writer

US approves first nuclear plant in decades...

WASHINGTON — The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100 megawatt Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000 at power generator Southern Co.’s existing nuclear facility in Vogtle, Georgia. The dissenter was the NRC chairman, Gregory Jaczko, who argued for the need for "binding commitments" that the builders would implement design fixes to fully address risks exposed by the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant after the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster. "I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima has never happened…...

posted on: Feb 9, 2012 | author: Staff writer

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