When most of my colleagues and I look at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and its supposedly thorough technical review of an allegedly different and newly designed Small Modular Reactor (SMR), we are very disturbed by the NRC’s pending regulatory changes. Quite simply, where the SMRs are concerned, severe regulatory changes are being made within the NRC to facilitate growth within the atomic power industry. As a former nuclear whistleblower, I have spent my life looking at the risks and failures of nuclear reactors. I find many parallels between the recent fatal crashes of two newly-certified Boeing 737 Max airplanes and the spate of NRC nuclear waivers and fast-tracked reactor designs. The industry-wide effort to massage scientifically based engineering analyses is alarming and a poignant symbol of Regulatory Capture in both industries.
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