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I am for nuclear power. I think that the newest generation of nuclear power plants could be an important step in reducing carbon emissions.
One of my roommates is a an ex US Navy Submariner and had been around nuclear power plants for years and was pretty floored by this as well.
Of course it comes from the industry because the industry never wants people watching to make sure that they don't do anything wrong.
What I am afraid of is that we will have a nuclear meltdown that sets back nuclear power again.

https://www.apnews.com/2b7ebdbcec4b4b6788a7cf0468b1c054

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FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, the construction site of Vogtle Units 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant is seen, Friday, March 22, 2019 in Waynesboro, Ga. It’s not just cutbacks in nuclear plant inspections. Nuclear plant regulators are planning fewer mock commando raids to test plant defenses against terrorist attacks and are considering minimizing some safety warning, part of the rollbacks sought by the industry and gaining traction under President Donald Trump. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants’ defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise.

They’re part of the money-saving rollbacks sought by the country’s nuclear industry under President Donald Trump and already approved or pending approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, largely with little input from the general public.

The nuclear power industry says the safety culture at the U.S. nuclear industry — 40 years after partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island — is “exceptional” and merits the easing of government inspections.

Maria Korsnick, president of the industry’s Nuclear Energy Institute trade group, said she welcomed changes in NRC plant oversight procedure “to ensure that it reflects a more robust understanding of the current performance of the U.S. nuclear fleet.”
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Re: Trump pushes to reduce NRC inspections on nuclear power plants
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2019, 03:16:26 AM »
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The nuclear power industry says the safety culture at the U.S. nuclear industry — 40 years after partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island — is “exceptional” and merits the easing of government inspections.

So if things aren't going wrong, the standards are too high? Do we need an accident now and then to be able to fine-tune the regulations?

Personally, I'd prefer too much regulation to slightly not enough. I guess there's an issue of cost preventing the construction of more plants, but anti-nuclear sentiments seem to be the bigger factor. Add a carbon tax, remove fossil fuel subsidies, and nuclear power should immediately become more financially viable. Could even add a radiation tax and see nuclear become far more profitable than coal.
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