Twenty-five years ago, on
It's disturbing because I don't trust the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) any more. First, NRC is not doing its job. A Google search will turn up plenty of reports and complaints that say the NRC is incompetent, understaffed, and overworked. They can't cut it any more.
Second, the NRC seems to have an analog control mindset from the 1960s that does not allow modern digital controls. It doesn't even allow plants to upgrade simple instrumentation, such as chart recorders.
I wrote about all this three years ago ("Do We Need More Nukes?" Control Report, Feb. 2001). I mentioned that when I toured the
Many nuclear plants are still running those ancient controls and prehistoric instrumentation. That's scary. The Environmental News Network reported on
"Put some of the readers of CONTROL in the NRC, and we'd get the most modern, sophisticated, and safest nuclear plants in the world."
Anti-nuclear and environmental groups are all a-flutter over a near catastrophe in 2002. NRC inspectors found massive corrosion at a
While our nuclear infrastructure is crumbling,
It's easier for Europeans and third world countries to build nukes than it is for us, because they don't have the NRC thwarting every advance in controls, frustrating sensor and equipment suppliers, and bungling every assignment.
Put some of the readers of CONTROL in the NRC, and we'd get the most modern, sophisticated, and safest nuclear plants in the world.
We may have to do this very soon. We aren't building any new nukes in the