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Nuclear engineer accuses regulators of safety cover-up
Posted: September 19, 2012
An engineer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the agency has withheld documents show...
An engineer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the agency has withheld documents showing reactor sites downstream of dams are vulnerable to flooding, and an elevated risk to the public's safety.
Richard Perkins, an NRC reliability and risk engineer, was the lead author on a July 2011 NRC report detailing flood preparedness. He said the NRC blocked information from the public regarding the potential for upstream dam failures to damage nuclear sites.
Perkins, in a letter submitted Friday with the NRC Office of Inspector General, said that the NRC "intentionally mischaracterized relevant and noteworthy safety information as sensitive, security information in an effort to conceal the information from the public." The Huffington Post first obtained the letter.
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