Difficult balancing act for President: The situation in Fukushima shoot with U.S. Atomic Energy deepest concern and questions very critical – while declaring the U.S. nuclear plants secure power. And nuclear power is a central component of Obama’s plan for an energy transition.
Greg Jaczko is not necessarily a friend of the nuclear industry. It has always been the physical age of 40, dedicated to the continued expansion of the industry. As adviser to U.S. Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who helped defeat the proposed nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain in Reid’s home state of Nevada. In March 2009 the government launched the controversial draft outcome document.
A week later, the U.S. president, Barack Obama Jaczko designated as U.S. president NRC Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
The irony and the political conflict this cast rarely more apparent than in the disaster of the Japanese power plant in Fukushima. While officials support from Japan, violin, appease or wrong, Jaczko beats loud alarm. His NRC has provided, among other things, that the U.S. government sent an evacuation zone much wider around Fukushima as the Japanese.
Jaczko intuition proved correct: The situation worsened in Fukushima.
And yet: Even Jaczko includes a U.S. withdrawal nuclear energy outright. “The U.S. nuclear plants are safer,” said the Energy Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington now.
A significant discrepancy. In the Japanese atomic-drama, Americans have proven to be not only the most distinguished of all international observers, but often the most critical. But behind him is above all political interests – along with so contradictory it may seem, the firm belief in the importance of nuclear energy.
A group that fears for its reputation
American Express interest in Fukushima is due to the fact that their reactors – boiling water reactor BWR brand mark – U.S. General Electric (GE) were constructed. GE now fears for his reputation, especially since 23 of the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants have a similar design.
On the other wants to reassure the government-driven display of the U.S. population’s attention, to break its agreement to halt nuclear power begins. Because nuclear energy is a central core of the large energy change that Obama wants to impose. It will base this week on the PR tour, from a speech Wednesday on “American energy security.”
Despite the current situation of Libya and the United States debate the situation in Japan remains hot. The nuclear lobby is mobilizing all forces to maintain the current U.S. revival nuclear energy. The morning air smells Ökolobby. The White House tried typical Obama fashion, to achieve a balance between the two poles.
“We have found no winners or losers”
What is difficult is the problem, also on Tuesday. As the White House invited reporters to a press conference to give a preview of expression of the energy of Obama. The word “nuclear” was the team of Obama, but only once in the mouth, and only on demand. “We determine any winners or losers, fencing and hawed a presidential adviser.
In contrast, Obama’s energy experts said, by exploding gas prices, biofuels, untapped oil fields in the U.S. coasts. The burning issue of nuclear energy wisely stayed out – despite the fact that nuclear energy provides more than 20 percent of U.S. energy needs.
But we know that the White House: The nuclear debate govern emotions. How can we explain Fukushima, without feeding the panic? How can citizens, while things do not cal? How can MCA rule is never completely ruled out?
Soon after the earthquake in Japan, the first U.S. experts had spoken. Ken Bergeron, a known nuclear physicist and critics often called an accident of how Fukushima “new territory” – a warning that Japan’s initial assurances at the time and opposed. He immediately sent the U.S. nuclear lobby his people in the front of the TV.
Then, the dispute came to the evacuation zone around Fukushima. Japan appointed a radius of 19 kilometers. Washington advised U.S. citizens Japan, however, 80 miles and began flying to the U.S..
However, it is a difficult balancing act for the U.S. government. On Tuesday, he had to show Peter Lyons, deputy minister responsible for nuclear energy. He tried to inform the Senate Energy Committee on the latest reports from Fukushima.
Lyon, who has worked for decades in the center of the U. S. Los Alamos nuclear research – culminating in the system crashed “a slow improvement.” Assisted by the NRC Superintendent Bill Lyons Borchardt, but warned against too early sigh of relief: A long-term cooling of the reactors had been affected “more appropriate not to return.”
The remote diagnosis based on information from 40 employees now, which has sent the U.S. Department of Energy of Japan, accompanied by experts from NRC. “We have some people with more experience in the field,” said Jaczko. In addition, the NRC Operations Center be activated in Maryland – around the clock.
This is based not only helps. Fukushima results must also determine the future of U.S. energy policy.
Risk: Only one in every 17,000 years is threatening an incident in Fukushima
Despite a similar incident in Fukushima is likely, according to the NRC in the United States occur only once every 17,000 years – despite the precarious situation of many U.S. nuclear power plants in earthquake regions. However, the NRC has begun on the orders of Obama, now a thorough review of all U.S. plants. A working group of senior executives and former prime NRC for a review short and long term lessons “that can be drawn from the situation in Japan, and monthly and reporting.
Obama’s energy policy is under attack. In his last State of the Union address in January, had a “Clean Energy Standard (CES) has been called – and the conditions for new sources of clean energy to produce in 2035 about 80 percent of U.S. electricity.
US$36,000,000,000.00 for nuclear energy
The nuclear force is essential, is to separate the stone in the next financial year, $ 36 million. The plan, however, met with the oil-loving Republicans, even before the disaster Fukushima massive resistance.
So this week Obama drums for his line, the first in a speech at Georgetown University, then on Friday during a visit to a UPS loading station in Maryland, to inspect “green” cars and trucks.
Meanwhile, GE is fighting for his reputation for building nuclear power plants, one of the oldest in existence. GE continues to insist that its security and has created a website specifically for information under the title. “‘S The color of the” There, the group emphasized, inter alia: “The mark 1 meets all regulatory requirements and works well for more than 40 years. ”
On the other hand is weak, but from Japan to the ecological disaster-motion audible in the United States. “The situation is still horrible and unsafe Fukushima,” said the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and called on Obama to “manage” the nuclear technology over design flaws. The review by the NRC was not enough to do so.
The unstable situation in Japan, now also the recent decision of the Department of Energy. To keep his people from danger, now other support equipment will be shipped later – robots.