Those who handle and disposition nuclear and other hazardous materials and waste need to be strictly regulated and controlled by government. However, they must be employed by private companies. I they are government employees it is almost impossible to fire them no matter how much they screw up.
Self regulation by any entity including and especially a government agency is akin to a football game with rules but no officiating or penalties.
Typical DOE boondoggle. DOE, TVA and most other government agencies continually reinforce the concept of a closley regulated and monitored private industry as the safest and most efficient way to accomplish most hazardous tasks.
When government is the task you have self regulation which is a joke. One need look no farther the the GAO and the various and sundry Inspectors general for a illustration of self regulatory impotency.
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Jim KeatingOn May 30, 2014 5:33 AM, "Daniel Crowl" <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**mtu.edu> wrote:Yes indeed, the hardest part is anticipating the possibility of a hazard. Not something easy to do in a regimented environment.Dan CrowlMichigan TechOn Wed, May 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM, NEAL LANGERMAN <neal**At_Symbol_Here**chemical-safety.com> wrote:
But your undergrads have not grown up in the regimented, restrictive, command-control culture of the global (NOT just US) nuclear industry
These guys have trouble recognizing the box, let alone thinking - or going outside the box
Look at the Kori1 Station Blackout (SBO) and this tells it all
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A simple calorimeter analysis would have easily identified this problem. My undergrads could do this!
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On May 28, 2014 9:57 AM, "STRAUGHN, John" <JSTRAUGHN**At_Symbol_Here**fpm.wisc.edu> wrote:
My not-so-expert understanding of nuclear waste is that much of the "weapons waste" material is actinide ions made water soluble in nitric acid solution. This pressurization problem is more an oxidation of cellulose, or something similar, (the "organic" kitty litter) by nitric acid. An apt comment in the NPR article comments mentions the problem of people being trained, but without a clue as to WHY things are to be done.. Another comment mentions the problem of private equity firms buying up technology firms and the new management "forgetting" what business they are in.
That's what I heard in an NPR broadcast --- http://www.npr.org/tags/163720202/nuclear-waste
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Can anyone confirm the news reports that the cause of this was that someone used an organic based cat litter vice a clay one?
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