June 20, 2007: NIRS
paper on significant non-compliance with fire safety regulations at Browns
June 20, 2007: Safety
Deficiencies at Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Complex.
comments May 25, 2005 opposing a proposed NRC change to fire protection
regulations for nuclear power plants that would allow manual actions to
be substituted for qualified protective fire barriers around electrical
cabling vital to shutting the reactor down in the event of fire.
Progressive Magazine spotlights fire protection hazards at reactors. Article, based on NIRS FOIA discoveries, NRC wants to change rules to comply with repeated utility rules violations. NIRS press release. August 2, 2004.
For entire Progressive magazine article “Fire Hazard: Bush Leaves Nuclear Plants At Risk” see http://www.progressive.org/august04/cusac0804.html
NIRS allegation to NRC Nuclear Reactor Regulation June 29, 2004 regarding nuclear industry non-compliance with NRC Orders issued in 1998 to bring inoperable Thermo-Lag 330-1 fire barriers into compliance with federal law [10 CFR 50 Appendix R III.G.2] and instead substituting unapproved, largely unanalyzed and illegal Operator Manual Actions with a particular focus on Florida’s Crystal River nuclear power station.
NIRS comments to NRC regarding the agency's proposed criteria for the adoption of illegal and unapproved "manual operator actions" in lieu of operable fire barriers for the protection of remote control room functions to safely shut down the reactor in the event of fire by accident or an act of terrorism. January 24, 2004
NIRS comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding adoption of National Fire Protection Association 805 for move to risk-informed performance-based fire protection at nuclear power stations.
NIRS listing of U.S. nuclear power stations that were issued Orders by NRC to bring units with inoperable Thermo-Lag 330-1 fire barriers into compliance with federal law [10 CFR 50 Appendix R III.G.2] in order to protect the safe shutdown of the reactors in the event of a serious fire.
NRC Levies $900,000 Fine Against Thermo-Lag Manufacturer. Public Safety Remains In Jeopardy As Combustible Fire Barrier Is Still Installed at Reactors. NIRS press release. October 2, 1996.