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Sunday, March 29, 2015

NRC Public Meeting at Athens, Tennessee, March 26, 2015 on TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Power Reactor Unit 2

TVA Watts Bar (photo by TVA, fair use rights for non-profit news reporting)

 Info on Watts Bar Unit 2
This writer and others, including scientists, engineers and health care professionals believe that TVA's claims that nuclear power is clean, safe and reliable is not true. It is important to point out that Watts Bar is not the 21st Century's first "new" reactor. It is TVA in the 21st century's completing an old mid 20th century's nuclear project with a 300% plus cost over-run, continuing to place the TVA in a precarious financial situation. Total cost of the Watts Bar Unit 2 - 40 year plus construction will be over $7 billion, $7,000,000,000.00. Including the interest on this amount will bring the total costs near $13 billion dollars.

TVA LINK to  INFO & SPURIOUS CLAIMS on WATTS BAR UNIT 2

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Athens, Tennessee March 26, 2015 - NRC Public Meeting on the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the McMinn County High School in Athens, 22 miles from Watts Bar, located in Rhea Co. Tn, TVA and NRC makes their presentation with public input. Our environmental groups participated in a one and a half hour discussion on items of  concern with the NRC prior to the public meeting.

TVA's and NRC's summary is presented with BEST/MATRR's expressed concerns about cancer as a community health issue and how radioactive emissions effect community health.  

CART BEFORE HORSE RELIABILITY FAILURE - ACRS ( Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards) RECOMMENDS ISSUING OF LICENSE WITH INCOMPLETE INSPECTIONS AND THOROUGH SAFETY REVIEW, NO CONSIDERATION TO PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO RUN A REGULATOR AND INDICATES A SERIOUS DEFECT IN THE APPROVAL PROCESS -  A HUMAN RELIABILITY FAILURE. 

There are concerns and positive points to be made - TVA and the NRC at this point refuses to consider community health relating to high cancer incidence rates in Rhea County Tennessee. For more info on hazards of ionizing radiation go to http://radioactivepoison.blogspot.com/ It is also apparent that the NRC is not paying attention to the lessons of Fukushima and reactor aging issues regarding Watts Bar. Unit 2, now 42 years of age, even with updated systems. These issues were brought forward in a private meeting with the NRC prior to the public meeting. Information on Cancer Incidence Rates is taken from the National Cancer Institute's, part of the CDC, state cancer maps and tables.  Health concerns video - https://youtu.be/V8rtl2SFsNQ

Dave Lochbaum,Director of Nuclear Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists comments in "All Things Nuclear - What I saw during the plant tour was impressive. But what I’ve seen during the CAP meetings has been far more impressive. TVA has been exceedingly forthcoming. CAP members can propose items to be discussed during the next meeting and can (and do) ask questions during the meetings."  http://allthingsnuclear.org/watts-bar-community-action-panel/  Mr. Lochbaum expressed concerns to the NRC regarding the aging of structures on the 40 year plus Watts Bar Unit 2  nuclear reactor.  https://youtu.be/VJlFRpA2wOY

All video links to this series as shown below: 
1) Dave Lochbaum - https://youtu.be/VJlFRpA2wOY
3) Sandy Kurtz and, Sara Barzack - https://youtu.be/0R8Jk-VWFOA
4) Garry Morgan - https://youtu.be/V8rtl2SFsNQ
5) TVA - NRC Summary - https://youtu.be/fJ1CQnzs5QY

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

TVA's and NRC's summary with BEST/MATRR's expressed concerns


Dave Lochbaum, Director of Nuclear Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists


Don Safer, Tennessee Environmental Council, BEST/MATRR, discusses nuclear waste and nuclear system resilience. 

Presentation of  Sandy Kurtz, BREDL/BEST/MATRR, and Sara Barzack, SACE - phone webinar participant, discussion on earthquakes and nuclear system resilience.


 Presentation by Garry Morgan Director of the BEST/MATRR Public Health and Radiation Monitoring Program.


SACE Blog articles on the issue of licensing TVA's Watts Bar Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor
TVA’s Watts Bar — the last old reactor of the 20th Century  and  What have we learned in the four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?

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