"In a letter submitted Friday afternoon to internal investigators at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a whistleblower engineer within the agency accused regulators of deliberately covering up information relating to the vulnerability of U.S. nuclear power facilities that sit downstream from large dams and reservoirs.
The letter also accuses the agency of failing to act to correct these vulnerabilities despite being aware of the risks for years.
These charges were echoed in separate conversations with another risk engineer inside the agency who suggested that the vulnerability at one plant in particular -- the three-reactor Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca, S.C. -- put it at risk of a flood and subsequent systems failure, should an upstream dam completely fail, that would be similar to the tsunami that hobbled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan last year."
Interestingly, or coincidentally (?), CollapseNet's troubles with IT attacks started when we started going after this issue over a year ago. It's very good to have it get some new exposure.
These things all need to be shut down, decommissioned, and the radioactive components permanently secured while we still have the fossil fuel energy available to do it. We owe it to our children, and we need to do it for future generations to even have a shot at all. - Wes