Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General confirms CBG Criticisms of EPA Radiation Monitoring Network Large Fraction Broken During Fukushima Crisis. In January 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an audit report that contained recommendations for improving the management and oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Radiation Network (RadNet) system. The OIG conducted a follow-up audit and released its results.
Bridge the Gap’s presentation to the EPA Deputy Administrator and other senior EPA officials on efforts to weaken radiation standards and failures in EPA’s radiation monitoring system in the U.S. during Fukushima. Meeting included NRDC, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Bridge the Gap, among others.
CBG along with other environmental groups wrote to eputy Administrator Perciasepe, General Council Fulton, Assistant Administrators McCarthy and Stanislaus, and Acting Assistant Administrator Stoner regarding a series of radiation protection matters, made more important in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear tragedy. In 2009, many of the groups met with officials regarding a number of radiation protection policy matters, including controversial draft Protective Action On August 5, 2009, Guides (PAGs) proposed in the last days of the Bush Administration to relax standards for protection of the public from exposure to radiation in case
This series of articles by AP reporters discuss the loosening of safety rules for aging nuclear reactors, the the presence of radioactive tritium leaks at 48 US nuke sites, US nuclear evacuation plans that are outdated and inadequate, and how long nuclear reactors are designed to last.
Sacrament Bee OpEd by S. David Freeman and Dan Hirsch in which Mr. Freeman and CBG’s Dan Hirsch contend that the energy policy debate in America was, sadly, incomplete before the nuclear disaster in Japan. This unfortnate incident illustrated the awesome radioactive threats that are posed by nuclear power, which has been characterized by the nuclear industry as the “magic bullet” for America’s energy needs.