Edison requests exemptions from safety regulations at San Onofre while the NRC hides important documents and refuses to implement new safety recommendations
Roger Johnson, PhD
Fireworks broke out last week when Senator Barbara Boxer confronted Nuclear Regulator Commissioners at a Senate oversight committee hearing about the safety of nuclear power plants. It turns out that months ago Southern California Edison made lengthy requests to the NRC for a long list of exemptions from safety regulations. They did this quietly at the same time they formed (with much public relations fanfare) their own Community Engagement Panel (CEP) which has become a forum for Edison to boast about its concern with safety.
At the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee hearing on June 5, Senator Boxer waved a thick fistful of exemption requests that Edison submitted to the NRC way back in March. The commissioners responded by saying that they cannot comment on the exemption requests because they never saw the requests. Apparently the NRC staff never showed the documents to the 5 commissioners. Continue reading