[ RadSafe ] Investigation at Palisades

William Lipton doctorbill34 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 22:59:17 CDT 2012

Thank-you for the additional information.  I have three comments:

(1) What the **** was Palisades' management thinking when they withheld
material information from the NRC Chair?

(2)  I think that this has been mishandled by the industry's "friends."  It
gives the appearance, if not the fact, of a cover-up, and, as we know,
perception is reality.    In answer to your question, I think that this is
only the beginning, and, now that there's blood in the water, the sharks
will circle.  (You don't need "lurid tales."  The facts speak for

(3)  The industry, through NEI, made a serious mistake in harassing Jaczko
out of office.  Not only does it give the perception, i.e. reality, of the
industry trying to violate the integrity of regulators, but also, I think
that his replacement will be a lot stricter.  Already, there's a licensing

Bill Lipton
It's not about dose, it's about trust.

On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM, Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com> wrote:

> Aug. 15
>         LInk to the Huffington Post article:
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/**2012/08/15/william-ostendorff-**
> nuclear-safety_n_1778989.html<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/william-ostendorff-nuclear-safety_n_1778989.html>
>         This alleged leak occurred on May 31.  Why hasn't it been
> ballyhooed all over the place?    I did a Google search for Palisades Power
> Plant, Ostendorf, and McCrary and got a whole two links.
> You would think --- wouldn't you? --- that the anti-nukers would have
> blanketed the Internet with lurid tales about it.
>         The Huff Post article has a link to this Aug. 15 article in the
> Detroit News:
> http://www.detroitnews.com/**article/20120815/METRO/**
> 208150369/1361/NRC-sends-**additional-inspector-to-**
> Palisades-nuclear-plant<http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120815/METRO/208150369/1361/NRC-sends-additional-inspector-to-Palisades-nuclear-plant>
>         This short article is as bland as plain yogurt.  To me, the whole
> event sounds more than a little peculiar.
> Steven Dapra
> At 09:59 PM 8/14/2012, you wrote:
>> The following is from "The Hill" newsletter.
>> Tomorrow
>> in HuffPost: "The inspector general at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
>> has launched an investigation into a GOP political appointee for
>> attempting
>> to thwart an agency probe into safety concerns at a Michigan plant,NRC
>> insiders tell The Huffington Post [Hill]. In late May, the then-chairman
>> of
>> the NRC paid a rare visit to the controversial Palisades Power Plant on
>> Lake Michigan, where activists are agitating for the plant's closure due
>> to
>> safety issues...While Chairman Greg Jaczko was touring the plant,
>> according
>> to the sources, a significant leak of potentially radioactive water was
>> pouring into the control room. Less than two weeks later, the plant was
>> shutdown to repair the leak. Yet Jaczko was never made aware of the issue
>> while inspecting the plant. He asked the NRC's Office of Investigations to
>> look into why the leak was kept from him. Ostendorf, however, wanted no
>> such investigation undertaken. In front of several NRC employees,
>> Ostendorf
>> shouted at the top agency investigator, Cheryl McCrary, telling her that
>> the inquiry should be halted and that it was a 'waste of agency
>> resources,'
>> according to sources briefed on the exchange."*
>> Bill Lipton
>> It's not about dose, it's about trust.
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