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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

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