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Markey: Filtered Vent Vote Adds to Litany of NRC Post-Fukushima Safety Failures
(August 21, 2015) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday
announced by a vote of 3-1 that it will not even put out for public
comment the question of whether to upgrade America’s Fukushima-style
reactors with a commonsense safety measure to prevent radiation exposure
when vents are used to prevent hydrogen explosions during a meltdown.
Commissioner Jeff Baran was the dissenting vote. In 2013, then-Rep.
Markey and a group of House committee leaders called on the NRC to
require that all U.S. nuclear reactors of the same design as the ones
that melted down at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear facility install such
vents in order to reduce exposure to radiation when the vents are used.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Massachusetts has a reactor design that
would utilize a filtered vent.
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement:
again, the NRC has missed another opportunity to take the lessons
learned from the Fukushima disaster and upgrade America’s nuclear fleet
to make it safer in the face of a severe nuclear accident. The NRC has
yet to require the nuclear industry complete implementation of a single
Fukushima Task Force recommendation. It’s irresponsible, inexplicable
and an abdication of NRC’s duty to protect public safety. Instead of
following its top experts’ safety recommendations, the NRC chose to do
nothing, leaving the people who live around these vulnerable nuclear
facilities without an important protection. ”
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