Monday March 10, 2014
NRC Website Defines Media Blackout Over Nebraska Nuclear Plant FloodingTim King Salem-News.com
Americans are getting more information about the drowning nuclear plant from civilians on YouTube than government agencies or media.
(SALEM, Ore.) - As the U.S. populace idles along in relative ignorance over the looming nuclear disaster in Nebraska, we turn our attention, quite naturally, to the agency in this nation that monitors and regulates these deadly energy sources, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.
Of course we count on agencies like this to ensure that people are safe and aware of potential developments, like the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Facility that has for some time now, been surrounded by the waters of the overflowing Missouri River.
The river is significantly above safe levels and has been for some time now. The nuclear plant was closed in April.
The agency has talked about it, and in fact the NRC's director was at the plant today and NRC crews have been on the scene since yesterday.
The facility was built in a location known as the Missouri River flood plane.
Granted, the recent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Facility in Japan where water invaded the reactor areas, hadn't happened yet, but many still question the wisdom of the Nebraska location, in the most basic sense.
It is staggering to consider the lack of human safety this plant by the river logic might ultimately lead to. Or, to think of what background must exist that allowed this location called Ft. Calhoun to contain a nuclear operation in the first place.
I know red states are mostly behind nuclear power, but I suspect they may reconsider their feelings after this.
So back to the NRC; I thought I'd go to their site to see what the 'official' update is, since our information on Nebraska is coming through channels in Paris, Moscow, and through our Writer John McCarthy who has been watching these developments from Vienna, Austria, where the The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Conference just concluded.
But the NRC doesn't seem to know about Nebraska. It has several rotating images with stories about many seemingly less important stories, but no mention of Nebraska.
Perhaps one could begin searching and locate information, I included the full size print from their site below and of course you can visit the site. Just be aware of the lack of response or awareness that this U.S. agency is displaying.
Of course I say this in jest, but sadly, this reported informational blackout that keeps coming up, seems to be patently true if the very agency that regulates nuclear safety doesn't mention it.
They mention Japan, boy do they mention Japan.
This is interesting because many people living there, including our Writer Maidhc 'O Cathail in Osaka, say life in their cities some distance from the coast, never did change over the tsunami and related nuclear disaster.
I thought I'd snap a picture of the NRC Website for posterity's sake, just to document how completely asleep at the wheel they must me.
Perhaps they could not even define the word transparency.
Today the nuclear lobby is powerful and it is doubtless that the agency has been infiltrated by nuke friendly types who ensure that the reactors keep reacting and the money keeps flowing, like the Missouri River.
Below is a full size print of the NRC Website from today, 26 June 2011.
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