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US Had 14 ‘Near-Miss’ Nuclear Accidents

From the unquestioning hysterics at the New York Daily News:

“Near Misses” At Indian Point And Other Nuke Plants

By Richard Sisk
March 17, 2011

Federal inspectors found “near-miss” accidents at Indian Point on the Hudson and 13 other U.S. nuclear power plants last year, a watchdog group charged today.

A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, based on Nuclear Regulatory Commission data, claimed that “many of these significant events occurred because reactor owners, and often the NRC, tolerated known safety problems.”

In the inspection of Indian Point about 25 miles from New York City, NRC auditors found that “the liner of a refueling cavity at Unit 2 has been leaking since at least 1993.”

The USC [sic] report charged that “By allowing this reactor to continue operating with equipment that cannot perform its only safety function, the NRC is putting people living around Indian Point at elevated and undue risk.”

In case you haven’t noticed, shutting down the Indian Point power plant in New York is clearly the top priority of the news media and the rest of the left in this country at the moment.

David Lochbaum, director of UCS’s Nuclear Safety Program, said that “the chances of a disaster at a nuclear plant are low” but “the more owners sweep safety problems under the rug and the longer safety problems remain uncorrected, the higher the risk climbs.”

“The level of complacency here at home is appalling,” [Edwin Lyman, a physicist in the UCS Global Security Program] said. “They’re gonna’ have to get their act together.”

Meanwhile, a little background on the authors of this ‘study,’ from Discover The Networks:


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization with more than 100,000 members.  Seeing its mission as building a "cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world," UCS takes public stands, purportedly based on scientific research, regarding a variety of political and health-related issues.

It opposes genetically engineered foods, condemns SUV vehicles, and proposes measures aimed at combating what it deems the imminent dangers of global warming. It also opposes the vast majority of American foreign policy decisions, and calls for a unilateral reduction in U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles. UCS disseminates to lawmakers and news outlets its opinions about each of these matters, with the intent of ultimately influencing public policy.

Students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded UCS in 1969. "Through its actions in Vietnam, our government has shaken our confidence in its ability to make wise and humane decisions," reads the UCS founding document. That sentiment continues to this day, with UCS condemning American efforts in the War on Terror and the 2003 War in Iraq.

UCS typically minimizes threats posed by foreign rogue regimes, and challenges U.S. assertions about the intentions and military capacities of those governments. In 1998, for instance, UCS assured the public that American analysts had exaggerated North Korea’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, and that the Pyongyang regime was still many years away from being able to develop such an arsenal.

UCS vigorously opposes America’s development of a missile defense system

UCS admonishes American corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King, asserting that the presence of antibiotics in meat used by fast-food companies contributes to large-scale antibiotic resistance…

Another issue of concern to UCS is that of global warming. The organization circulated a petition that drew the signatures of some 1,600 scientific experts demanding that the United States ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

A Union of Concerned Scientists declaration, entitled "Restoring Scientific Integrity in Policy Making," charges that the Bush administration "has continued to distort and suppress science in pursuit of its political goals — despite a plea from top U.S. scientists to restore scientific integrity to the policy-making process." …

UCS is a member of the Save Our Environment Action Center, a leftist coalition that describes itself as "a collaborative effort of the nation’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations harnessing the power of the internet to increase public awareness and activism on today’s most important environmental issues."

That the Daily News article gives no clue as to the agenda of the authors of the study they are reporting is nothing less than journalistic malpractice.

But the Daily News thought this news was so vitally important they posted it twice — here and again here.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “US Had 14 ‘Near-Miss’ Nuclear Accidents”

  1. proreason says:

    I keep losing track.

    How many people have died so far in the history of US nuclear accidents?

    • SinCity says:

      Lets see here… carry the 1….. multiply by 50…. divide by 12…. hmmm…. remainder 8… oh ya I got it!

      ZERO! Well, what a coincidence it is roughly equivalent to O’Babbles’ I.Q.

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