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NRC: Nuke Plants Aren't Reporting Safety Defects In Equipment | Crooks and Liars

Conservatives really do live in the land of wishful thinking. Yes, of course you can give away tax dollars that are supposed to be used for enforcement and use them for tax breaks! Of course you can cut funding for air traffic controllers without putting air travelers at risk, of course you can stop inspecting pharmaceutical factories and food processing plants, and expect them to just tell you if there's a problem. After all, who would risk their company just to make a buck?

All of the above, but especially the nuclear power industry:

More than a quarter of U.S. nuclear plant operators have failed to properly tell regulators about equipment defects that could imperil reactor safety, according to a report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's inspector general.

Operators of U.S. nuclear power plants are supposed to tell the NRC when pieces of equipment "contain defects that could create a substantial safety hazard," regulations say.

Although the report doesn't assert that any imminent danger resulted from the lapses, many experts said the lack of communication could make it harder for other nuclear reactor operators to learn about flaws in their own equipment, because many similar parts are used in other reactors.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 10:49:44 AM EST
The only way to stop this nonsense is to break the corporate shield and make the owners of the nuclear plants (shareholders) fiscally responsible for the dangers caused to the public by their malfeasance.

IANAL, so don't ask me how to do it.  :-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 02:12:17 PM EST
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Showings of criminality by corporate officers tends to make corporations vulnerable to loss of liability limitation and loss of their veil.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 02:51:59 PM EST
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This would be more likely were criminal prosecutions possible with private citizens bringing the actions. It will never be a criminal case unless someone prosecutes.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 02:53:20 PM EST
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Holding the corporate officers criminally liable should plenty suffice. The shareholders probably didn't have a clue, and not much of a chance to get one ahead of time either.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Mar 26th, 2011 at 04:31:41 PM EST
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