US Petition To Revoke BWR Reactor Licenses

Beyond Nuclear filed a petition in March 2013 requesting the NRC revoke the operating licenses of the GE BWR reactors in the US, these are the Fukushima type reactors.

With the NRC voting to delay pretty much forever any meaningful regulatory action on the post Fukushima safety upgrades recommended by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Fukushima, it is clear the NRC has no intention of doing anything to deal with the safety risks posed by these units. Beyond Nuclear’s official petition to the NRC explains in detail the grounds for their case. You can read it and sign on to the petition filed with the NRC here.

The former head of the NRC, Gregory Jaczko has admitted the US reactor fleet including these BWR reactors are too dangerous to continue operating. He said his own now former agency can not assure an accident causing widespread damage wouldn’t happen in the US and the NRC is just rolling the dice on a potential disaster.

A recent investigative report documented that GE has known this all along, that the units were faulty in design and hoped they could possibly fix them with changes later on. Instead of coming up with a working design they suppressed information, complaints from engineers were ignored and they wrote liability out clauses into contracts with local utilities that unwittingly bought these reactors. Court documents from a lawsuit between a Washington state utility and GE exposed the extent to which GE went to lie to utilities and the public about the faulty design of their reactors.

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