Monday, December 12, 2005

ABC News Intern Update

It's been a while since we've heard from ABC News and the Carnegie Fellows that put together the "Radioactive Roadtrip," for Prime Time Live back in October. As it turns out, NRC has been following up on the network's investigation, and has released most of its findings.

And despite ABC's chest beating, there's simply not much there.

From today's edition of Platts Inside NRC (subscription required):

NRC has nearly completed a review of the security at research and test reactors (RTR) and has not issued any enforcement action, an NRC spokesman said.

As of early December, the agency had only one case pending based on the information provided by ABC News from its investigation into alleged security lapses at university reactors, said Eliot Brenner, director of NRC's Office of Public Affairs. The agency is preparing "closure letters" that will be sent to the RTRs where no security issues were identified, he said earlier this month.

Brenner asked ABC last month if the network would release all the video filmed during its investigation and if it would allow the agency to look at any written notes taken by the interns. ABC had not responded to the request as of December 2, he said.
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, NRC issued a detailed Q&A concerning security at Research and Test Reactors. To access the report, go to NRC's Adams document database and search on document number ML053180250.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What I'd like to know from ABC News is, why did they take down the message forum on this story's website? Last I checked, they still hadn't restored it. Seems like a case of being able to dish it out but not take it.

Pamela said...

One good thing I can see that did come out of the ABC fiasco is that the facility I work for is improving its tour program. Not from a security viewpoint, but in doing a better job of educating visitors on everything we do.