Senator Alexander is the most prominent nuclear industry politician in the nation.
Just gets you to wonder, TVA owns Tennessee. Alexander is a Tennessee US senator. Sequoyah Nuclear Plant and Watts Barr are nuclear plants in Tennessee. Watt Barr II was abandoned decades ago and in the last few years they resurrected this plant from the dead. TVA are in the final process of getting a license and starting up this plant old dog plant for the first time.
I think in the Senate hearing Senator Alexander was signaling TVA and TVA nuclear is big Tennessee business (Employment and associated business contributions to the Senator, I am going hard on this issue to the NRC. Ostendorff was saying, don’t worry I will play ball with you and the NRC will follow me, you have nothing to worry about.
Ultimately I think Ostendorff and Senator Alexander were signaling to new construction Vogtle and the rest, that the NRC is automatically and hard in your corner. The game is rigged.
This all has sentiments of pre Fukushima and the nuclear village in the USA.
Does pro nuclear and survival always mean squashing nuclear plant employees...March 28:
Pandora's Promise (39:15)
Gwyneth Cravens ”There has not been a single death from the operation of a commercial nuclear power plant in the USA…not a single death. Not one deaths in the history of nuclear power in the USA”
Senate Hearing (1:58:15)
Senator Alexander: "How many deaths have we ever had as a result of the operation of a Navy Reactor"
Commissioner Ostendorff: "None"
Senator Alexander: "How many deaths have we ever had as a result of the operation of a commercial Reactor."
Commissioner Ostendorff: "None"Chairman@nrc.gov
It's like saying the poisoning of the control room staff by an impromptu arrival of a birthday cake is just a catering issue !
Also as a link to nuclear safety culture the question is that exactly what jobs/projects/lifts etc are or should be included in the "nuclear safety culture" and when designing a nuclear power station should not all the design of everything and anything placed or used at a nuclear site be subject to the same nuclear safety culture to include the potential issues with maintenance, repair and replacement?
Even a broken down large vehicle passing through an emergency gate might contribute to an ineffective planned response to a nuclear accident resulting in an off-site nuclear incident that was preventable!
Do you have a link to that statement?
(Mike Mulligan): Then there was SL-1?(protected contributor): SL-1 was military, not commercial.
protected contributor) The hearing is at
Mike gave the link above.
I would call it senatorial theater
Gwyneth Cravens ”There has not been a single death from the operation of a commercial nuclear power plant in the USA…not a single death. Not one death in the history of nuclear power in the USA”
(Mike Mulligan): We were discussing the recent Senate NRC budget hearing …I complained about an inaccurate commissioner Ostendorff statement. This is an interesting thread at the end talking about this and a link to the senate hearing the at time point in the video of the offending commissioner’s statement.
An almost identical statement is in Pandora’s Promise. I live about 3 miles from the community in the background and I was at the protest that day. The statement in the movie is at the 39:15 minute point.
Here is the Ostendorff’s statement that irked me in the senate hearing at the 1 hour 39:15. It is almost identical to Pandora’s Promise.
Senator Alexander : “How many deaths have we ever had from commercial nuclear power plant operations?” Ostendoroff: “None” (with a smirky face)”