Friday, February 17, 2012

How Safe is Vermont Yankee? Ask the NRC, Not CNN.

Another colleague of mine here at NEI forwarded me a copy of the 4Q2011 Performance Summary at Vermont Yankee conducted by the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Open it up and what will you find? Nothing but the color green.

For more details, click here. Bottom line, this plant is operating safely and efficiently.

5 comments:

Rod Adams said...

The problem is that CNN did ask the NRC, but the NRC's official response was "no comment". When pressed about its claim to be supportive of open government, the unnamed spokesman essentially said that all of the information it needed to share about the topic was available on the NRC web site. That might be true, but that is a very large and complex web site with decades worth of information on it.

Surely, if the NRC spokesman was interested in sharing information about Vermont Yankee's safety and reliable performance, he could have invited Ms. Lyon into the building, given her a cup of coffee and showed her exactly where to look on the web site for the information that she needed.

The more I watched that segment - and I repeated it several times - the more angry I became and the more I suspected that there was a plan being executed.

Here is a link my post on the topic.

http://atomicinsights.com/2012/02/cnns-carefully-timed-attack-on-nuclear-energy-and-nrc-credibility.html

Rod Adams
Publisher, Atomic Insights

Anonymous said...

The problem with giving any comment is that through careful editing slanted journalism can make you say anything. If the news wants to sensationalize a story, they're going to do it, and your best bet is to just say nothing.

Will Davis said...

Rod, you are right on the money.

I would like to commend Rod Adams, Meredith Angwin, and every single person responsible for the NEI Nuclear Notes blog here for their complete evisceration of the CNN report. A fantastic, and accurate, response to the malarkey they're trying to push nowadays.

Kit P said...

Rod and some others do not seem to understand that it is not not the NRC's job to comment on crockumetaries.

When it comes to regulating things nuclear, the NRC does a very good job. NEI also does a good job of commenting on biased media reports.

Anonymous said...

Kit P, agree it's not their job. However, that doesn't mean it is not something they ought do anyway.