CLOSE THE SALEM NUKES NOW

The UNPLUG SALEM Campaign

321 Barr Ave., Linwood NJ 08221

609-601-8583/601-8537; ncohen12@comcast.net

http://www.unplugsalem.org/

 

Date: 07/13/04

 

Dear Congressman Lobiondo,

 

     I have given your aide the following information on safety concerns at all three of PSEG’s nuclear power plants:

(1)   Dave Lochbaum’s (Nuclear Safety Engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists)

           letter of June 9th to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking that all three      

           facilities be shut down until PSEG fixes its poor safety culture/safety conscious   

           work environment (SCWE).

(2)   Dr Kymn Harvin’s statement to the NRC at the June 16th NRC-PSEG public meeting,

          also asking for a shutdown to bring all three of PSEG’s nuclear plants into safety       

          compliance.

(3)   Dave Lochbaum’s letter to the NRC on June 25th, which shows that PSEG’s plan to improve safety culture at their nuclear plants is a re-run of their 1995 plan, and that in 1995, the NRC kept Salem Units One and Two CLOSED until PSEG fixed the same

problems that now plague them; and

(4)   A copy of Dr Harvin’s lawsuit against PSEG and her orginal letter to the NRC which 

    precipitated the current NRC actions against PSEG.

 

   We at the UNPLUG Salem Campaign agree with Mr Lochbaum and Dr Harvin that PSEG will be unable to fix its Safety Conscious Work Environment while their plants continue to run. NRC refused to re-start Davis Besse and Millstone until they fixed their SCWE. We feel that allowing PSEG to run their three nuclear plants in a degraded condition threatens the safety of South Jersey residents.

 

   We ask you and your office to take the following actions: (1) Assign a Mays Landing staff person to be the “point person” on this issue. Instruct this person to attend all relevant NRC public meetings. Only Senator Lautenberg has sent an aide to the first two NRC meetings. (2) One of PSEG’s proposals is to NOT hold another public meeting until the second quarter of 2005. This is too long a time period. Please write to the NRC and request quarterly public meetings until PSEG resolves their SCWE and other safety problems.  (3) This letter should also include the request that if PSEG does not show substantial improvement in the next 90 days, that NRC should indeed require that the three nuclear plants be shut.  (4) Your office should request a General Accounting Office investigation of the NRC’s response to poor SCWE at Salem/Hope Creek,  including how NRC inspectors allowed the situation to deteriorate to the point where

Dr Harvin had to become a whistleblower to get NRC action.

 

    Both Mr Lochbaum and myself have additional information on this issue, including copies of the internal assessments done by PSEG that show that their SCWE is in the bottom quarter of all nuclear plants. These are large documents, and we would be glad to email them to you.

 

    Please understand, we are not asking for a shutdown and decommissioning, we are asking for a shutdown to make the three units safer to run.

 

 

 

                                                                                                     Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                     Norm Cohen

                                                                                                     Coordinator,

                                                                                                     UNPLUG Salem Campaign