[ RadSafe ] Claim that Film exposes “regulatory capture” of USA’s NRC by ...
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Jan 27 17:00:13 CST 2012
Dear Mr. Helbig,
Thanks for your post to radsafe.
Brookhaven Labs Tritium problem was from a fuel storage pool near/in
the BNL HFBR --- the
High Flux Beam Reactor. I doubt the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor
was too big a part of the problem. Wonder where the town in the film was
located with respect to BNL??? Did the town draw
its water from water wells near BNL or was there water from a surface water
source??? I'm sure
there are EPA Hazwaste etc. sites near the Lab. The 2 productive reactors
at BNL were closed
because of this tritium problem. The Hollywood Types in the Long Island
Hamptons were probably
quite pleased with this outcome. Shoreham Nuclear Facility (which never
opened) is not far from BNL.
I suspect people pay dearly for their electric energy there now. That
part of Long Island is
fairly rural with nice ocean beaches nearby.
One of my former colleagues at BNL once told me that the great white
shark from the Jaws
movie was actually caught by a fisherman fishing at the East end of Long
Island (from the ocean
shore). Shoreline fishing doesn't get more exciting than that!!!! Wonder
if it was a serious
Fish Story (untrue????)???
So, the BNL HFBR and BMRR closed because of a fairly trivial Tritium
problem. Nuclear Engineers and
others lost their jobs. BNL still has RHIC, NSLS, NSLS II, AGS, etc. to
make life interesting. It is
a physicist's playground. I'm sure RHIC is important, but it is no CERN
Collider. Guess the USA's next high energy particle physics facility will
be an electron collider...
The tritium problem is being remediated in various ways. Persons
living south of BNL no longer
draw their drinking water from their home water wells. Cancer there ---
I wonder how true this is
Smith Point Beach was quite nice before the big plane crash happened
there. I don't think I went back to the beach there after that event.
Smith Point is just south of BNL. I was leaving the AGS and the
lab that night after a good night of neutron spectrometry. I heard the
news on my radio as I was driving
home. It was all quite sad. There were reports of people in rowboats and
small boats trying to help the plane crash victims. There was no hope ---
no one survived the crash, right???? For a while after that
people were finding body parts on the beach. The local Medical Examiner
and his helpers were
quite overwhelmed with their task.
Hope you all have a good weekend!!!!
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
In a message dated 1/27/2012 8:21:48 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
rwhelbig at gmail.com writes:
The bad thing is that this film may very well make into a number of
theaters if it is being acclaimed at Sundance -
Film exposes “regulatory capture” of USA’s NRC by the nuclear industry
by Christina MacPherson
Sundance Diary: "The Atomic States of America" Turns the Lens on
Nuclear Power ONEARTH, BY BRUCE BARCOTT January 26, 2012 "....... The
Atomic States of America, a film based partly upon her memoir, Welcome
McMasters’ book chronicled her childhood growing up in a blue-collar
Long Island town next to the Brookhaven National Lab, one of the
federal government’s leading nuclear research stations. In the 1990s,
news broke (thanks to citizen activists and a local newspaper
reporter) that Brookhaven’s three reactors regularly leaked deadly
nuclear materials into the local water supply.
McMasters didn’t realize what was going on until college, when a
roommate asked her, “Why are you always going home to all these
funerals? What’s going on there?” The answer: Cancer, cancer, and more
Atomic States directors Sheena Joyce and Don Argott, who made the
documentary Rock School in 2005, expand on McMasters’ material,
looking at other nuclear power plant-adjacent communities and their
chillingly similar experiences with radioactive leaks.
The great service of the film, besides being highly entertaining, is
its unmasking of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Most people in
towns near cooling towers had assumed the NRC was looking after their
safety. Joyce and Argott make a devastating case against that
assumption, showing how one more federal regulatory agency had turned
into a puppet of the industry it was supposed to oversee. By the end
of the film, the NRC was reminiscent of the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) prior to the financial meltdown.
“At one of the documentary filmmakers forums over the weekend, we
talked about this recurring theme of regulatory capture,” McMasters
told me. “Again and again, we’re seeing the corporations that are
supposed to be regulated take over the regulatory agency through money
Nothing illustrates that so starkly in Atomic States as the shocking
footage of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning
scientist, bowing to the humiliating taunts of Representative Joe
Barton, a republican from Texas who heads the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce. In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear
disaster, Barton demanded to hear Chu declare he had no second
thoughts about the Obama administration’s plan to give loan guarantees
to private companies to build new nuclear power plants. Chu complied.
“That’s what I wanted to hear,” Barton chuckled. ....
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