Principles of Good Regulation: Efficiency – http://wp.me/p1fSSY-21N
An article by the CFO of our government regulator, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the “NRC”). Read the article, it can set the agency up to really police an industry or it can facilitate what’s it has been, a green light for the nuclear explorers, an organization who came to help only if necessary.
It still kinda tweeks my mind to think of a “Chief Financial Officer” rather than a “Controller” in a government organization, maybe I’m just old now.
What’s so great about this article is its truth for the NRC to see: the corporation shut it down, not the regulators. Just like at Diablo Canyon, this was an industry decision to close because safety and repairs and issues are too much for the corporate bottom line. I DO see the work of the NRC to help push for the industry to advance, yet, it’s push to do that is regulated by the industry rather than by science and the environment — which are the public factors that should inspire the NRC’s actions.
The NRC should learn from its corporate players, and see why it’s regulations did not protect the industry or the public better.
Many of the issues causing the closing down by the companies have been ongoing problems that harmed the public and the environment. Had the NRC stopped that harm earlier, nuclear energy industry would have advanced much farther and faster, bringing safety design and ideas to life long ago. I wonder, if we had been advancing safety in that industry, would Fukushima still be leaking five years later?
I’m glad the corporations have stood up to rise above human stupid lazy old technology, it’s time the NRC made them pay and REALLY to clean up their sites.
UPDATE: Projected End Date for Indian Point Plant Comes into Clearer Focus – http://wp.me/p1fSSY-21U
Hands off our national parks! – http://wp.me/pg93m-LvD
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It Will be Done by Being You – http://wp.me/p3dDk1-AT
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