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Nuclear Regulatory Commission challenged over rubber-stamping nuclear license extensions

he was fired by FPL and other nuclear power companies after complaining about safety issues and is now campaigning against what he terms the “rubber-stamping” of 20-year nuclear power plant license extensions.

Florida activist challenges plan to repair Palo nuclear reactor, By DAVE DeWITTE • Cedar Rapids Gazette • November 26, 2010 Palo, Ia.A nuclear power activist has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject the repair method proposed by the operator of Duane Arnold Energy Center for a potentially serious fault in a nozzle on the plant’s reactor this month.

The Duane Arnold Energy Center is Iowa’s only nuclear power plant.

Thomas Saporito of Jupiter, Fla., petitioned the commission on Nov. 12 to require NextEra Energy to reject the repair method proposed and require that the plant enter a complete “cold shutdown,” conduct more extensive inspections of the plant’s piping and reactor welds, and obtain an independent evaluation of all systems………….
Saporito said he has worked at several nuclear power facilities, including a Florida plant operated by FPL Energy, a NextEra subsidiary.

He said he was fired by FPL and other nuclear power companies after complaining about safety issues and is now campaigning against what he terms the “rubber-stamping” of 20-year nuclear power plant license extensions.

Duane Arnold’s license expires in 2014. NextEra has applied for a 20-year extension.

Florida activist challenges plan to repair Palo nuclear reactor | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register

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