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Gregory Jaczko – Example of Public Hazard of Political Appointments

On May 4, 2011, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy conducted a hearing titled The Role of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in America’s Energy Future. Watching that hearing and digesting what I heard has resulted in several sleepless nights. I have been struggling with how to share the knowledge that comes from combining the experience of watching that performance with the experience gained…

Jaczko must go

My professional work habits and standards were formed by 33 years in the US naval service, an organization with a proud tradition of developing independent decision makers who could be entrusted with billions of dollars worth of national assets and thousands of lives. Our tradition includes demanding training, strong mentoring programs, regular competitive evaluations and a continuing series of inspections. People who perform well are rewarded;…

Markey is lying. The AP1000 design certification has been anything but “fast tracked”

A letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times published on January 6, 2012 got me riled up. The letter is intended to encourage people who live in Asheville to organize to resist the William States Lee nuclear power plant development project proposed for a site in Gaffney, SC., which is about 60 miles from the outskirts of Asheville. Here is a quote from that letter: The website of Massachusetts’ Rep. Edward J. Markey, top Democrat on th…

Greg Jaczko claims nuclear is too expensive and that unreliables will take its place

The above clip is titled Nuclear power for the future. It describes the industry leading example of the construction project at Plant Vogtle in northeastern Georgia and it includes some opining on America’s energy future by Greg Jaczko the former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The video correctly points to the fact that Jaczko had no background in nuclear energy production or nuclear engineering before he was appointed…

Open warfare: four NRC commissioners versus Chairman Jaczko

It is a four against one war. On one side is the Chairman, a man armed with essentially no experience or professional training associated with the effective use of the gift of nuclear energy. On the other side are four experienced and well-educated nuclear energy professionals who among them can count close to 100 years of working with nuclear reactors, nuclear safety analysis, nuclear propulsion plants, advanced nuclear energy research and dev…

Greg Jaczko is continuing his career as an international promoter of natural gas

IEEE Spectrum recently published an article titled Former NRC Chairman Says US Nuclear Industry is Going Away that included a few choice quotes about Greg Jaczko that put me into a feisty mood. As regular Atomic Insights readers know; I have no love and virtually no respect for the man. He has spent at least a decade and a half misusing his apparently impressive brain power in destructive ways by focusing it on halting the beneficial use of nucl…

Fukushima Nuclear Accident – Exceptional Summary by Murray E. Miles

My friends who are naval aviators have a saying that seems appropriate here – “tis easier to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.” For the past couple of days, I have been trying to ask permission to publish the below speech text, but have been unable to make contact with the originator. I will keep trying to find Mr. Miles, but in the meantime, I think that the talk that he gave at the Keese School of Continuing Education…

Jaczko decided to halt Yucca review by February 2010, not October 2010

Chairman Gregory Jaczko testified recently that the NRC decided to begin closing down the agency’s effort to review the Yucca Mountain license application in early October, 2010. Some of his fellow commissioners testified that they did not agree with the decision and they do not agree that the commission has made the policy decision to stop the license reviews. However, Jaczko used the “power of the purse” to establish the poli…

GE CTO describes his company’s focus on oil and gas technology

Bill Loveless from Platts Energy Week recently interviewed Mark Little, GE’s chief technology officer, about the company’s interests in the oil and gas extraction sector. Loveless and Little discussed GE’s planned investments into an Oklahoma-based research center that will be the first GE technology development laboratory that is focused on a single business sector. Mark Little: We’re very excited about going to Oklahoma…

House committee report sharply critical of passive aggressive “decision” on Yucca

The US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology has released a report of its findings on the politically motivated budgetary maneuvers that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko employed to starve his own staff of the funds required to complete their legally mandated review of the DOE Yucca Mountain repository application. He took that action despite Congressional appropriations and without the agreement of his fellow Commission…

Jaczko hearings a depressing example of partisan power politics

I am a deeply disappointed supporter of many Democratic platform planks who strongly believes in protecting the environment, building a strong educational system that is freely available to all comers, enabling workers to earn a decent wage for their hard work, increasing the number of jobs available to all residents of the United States, building a clean energy based infrastructure, and reducing the cost of higher education for the people who n…

Modern satire of the reign of Chairman Greg Jaczko

My senior project as an undergraduate was to compare and contrast the satirical techniques and effectiveness of Jonathan Swift and Joseph Heller. The key works that I analyzed were Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” (first published in 1726) and Heller’s “Catch 22″ (first published in 1955). My reason for mentioning that up front was to establish the fact that satire has a long tradition and that it is one of…