Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering requests from the nuclear power industry for fewer inspections at its plants.NRC staffers currently are conducting a sweeping review of how the agency carries out its oversight of the country’s 98 commercially operating nuclear plants.The industry is asking the commission to ease inspections for radiation protection and emergency preparedness at plants. The industry also wants the commission to throttle back on what it tells the public about non-emergency problems at nuclear plants.Trump administration appointees to the NRC panel say they are open to some of the requested changes. The NRC review is expected to be finished in June.Outside watchdog groups and some NRC officials have questioned the industry’s push to do more self-inspections and reporting.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

I wouldnt have treated whistleblowers that way Garda Inspectorate Chief

first_imgTHE CHIEF INSPECTOR of the Independent Garda Inspectorate has said he wouldn’t have treated the two garda whistleblowers in the same manner as their superiors in the force when they first came forward with their claims about penalty points.The independent statutory body published its own report into the penalty points controversy back in March.It found there were  ”consistent and widespread breaches of policy by those charged with administering” the system and recommended a raft of changes.“Needless to say I wouldn’t have treated them that way if they were somebody in my organisation,” Chief Inspector of the Inspectorate Robert Olson told RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke this morning.“We had meetings with Sgt McCabe — he was in our office and gave us a lot of information.” We found all the information that he gave us on the fixed charge system was credible.Olson said he had no doubt that Sgt McCabe and retired garda John Wilson were “very good police officers,” adding “there’s no question about it”. And he pointed to wider problems in the force, saying:Culture is something you don’t change with a couple of policies and it’s fixed next week. Olson was also asked about problems with the garda patrol car fleet, which he said was a “financial time bomb that’s just ticking away”.“The guards are doing a great job getting jobs done [considering] some of the resources they don’t have.They’ve been shuffling them around — which is a smart move — from urban to rural to get more mileage out of them“But what that means is they’re all going to crash at the same time and there’s going to be a big bill to pay.It’s troublesome.Read: Taoiseach and Justice Minister apologise to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabeRead: Justice Department’s most senior civil servant WILL go before TDs and Senatorslast_img read more