Dogged by 'bully' charge, U.S. nuclear chief Jaczko resigns

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    David Quintero Navarro

    Well, well, well! If he has been nasty to everyone around him, should we be surprised??

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    David Quintero Navarro

    Wait a moment! He was a Democrat?? Ha! I smell a Republican smear campaign!!

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    zichi

    Outspoken critic on nuclear safety and building of new nuclear power plants. He was in Japan for several months following the 3/1 nuclear disaster.

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    SquidBert

    Peter A. Bradford, in defense of Chairman Jaczko, according to NY Times (via Wikipedia)

    Peter A. Bradford, who was a commission member from 1977 to 1982, has defended Jaczko. Bradford said it was not unusual for the commissioners to disagree strongly, and added that he did not believe that "the chairman is somehow raging around the agency and intimidating the staff". He also argued that, although the letter came from two Republicans and two Democrats, it was necessarily bi-partisan in the context of nuclear politics. He claimed that "In Washington, you’ve got a situation where the ‘nuclear party’ transcends the Republican and Democratic party," adding that "You’ve got four members of the nuclear party writing a letter about the chairman, who’s never been a member of the nuclear party.

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    Reckless

    I hope the US doesn't have a Fukushima incident. I understand most/all of our reactors are going past their 40 year life spam.

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    SquidBert

    @Reckless,

    I do not know how reliable thedailybeast.com is as a news source, but they ran a list ranking the vulnerabilities of all of the US's 65 nuclear power plants. You can find it at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/16/nuclear-power-plants-ranking-americas-most-vulnerable.html

    Regardless of whether their ranking is correct or not, the basic facts of licensing year, output etc seems to be correct.

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    Yaklut

    This guy was the poster child for more regulation, more government interference in the free market, and more waste of taxpayer money. We are better off now.

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    SquidBert

    Yaklut, The free market hasn't done a very good job of self regulating nuclear safety issues this far. No reason to believe that they will start now.

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    Laguna

    This guy was the poster child for more regulation, more government interference in the free market, and more waste of taxpayer money.

    Spot-on, Yaklut! Seeing as it was a TEPCO reactor which caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster, I do not see why the government has stepped in with taxpayer money. TEPCO should bear full responsibility, and if it is unable to, well - too bad.

    Similarly, banks like Goldman Sachs should not be regulated - nor should their deposits be federally insured. Too big to fail? - not anymore!

    Nothing is better than blind faith in the invisible hand.

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    Fadamor

    I figure that Laguna's comments were all "tongue-in-cheek". To take him seriously would mean a company like TEPCO could declare bankruptcy and turn off their electricity - leaving millions without power. If anybody dies because of the loss of power, who are you going to sue? The company is bankrupt!

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