NRC Whistleblowers Show Conflicts In Agency, Ft. Calhoun

A letter sent by NRC employees in the Arlington, TX office blasting Troy Pruett, a regional deputy director at NRC is raising more worries about reactor safety. Employees at the regional offices in Texas claimed that Pruett undermined their efforts to report safety issues at plants and retaliated if employees would not downplay found issues.

The whistle blowing employees are asking for an independent non-governmental company to come in an investigate, claiming the inspector general defers back to NRC management for problem resolution.  One incident specifically cited in the fire last year at Ft. Calhoun station. Pruett pressured employees to downplay the issue and to not give a “red” finding.

The revelations at the NRC’s regional offices raise even more questions about the true nature of Ft. Calhoun’s damage and safety oversight at the plant. During the worst of the flooding the plant was protected by sand bags and an inflatable tube water dam. This was after the NRC insisted Ft. Calhoun improve their previous safety plan that involved only sand bagging around the plant and had no plan for sourcing the materials needed to do so. Ft. Calhoun has been allowed to operate under this lax flood plan for decades with only the addition of some minor changes.

NRC staff has been gradually admitting the soil erosion problem under Ft. Calhoun due to the flood. Pruett recently admitted there is a problem, calling it “soil compaction”.

The letter send to Senator Markey by NRC employees.
http://markey.house.gov/sites/markey.house.gov/files/documents/04-24-12R4lettertoMarkey.pdf

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