To: Andrew Kenneally <Andrew_Kenneally@REID.SENATE.GOV>
From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <>
Subject: Suggested questions which Senator Reid might ask the NRC
In-Reply-To: <>
January 22nd, 2002

Dear Sir,

Here are some suggested questions for Senator Reid to ask the NRC tomorrow, with the real answers.  (I would be very curious to know how the NRC responds.):

1) What is the purpose of Price-Anderson?

  P-A is a giveaway to the nuclear industry which hides the true lack of cost-competitiveness of nuclear power.

2) Does Price-Anderson protect the public from radiation dangers?

  P-A actually makes accidents more likely because the normal oversight that the insurance industry demands of its customers is missing in the nuclear industry because of P-A.  In fact, NRC replaces not only the insurance industry oversight, but OSHA oversight, EPA oversight, State and Local oversight, and by behaving in a secretive manner, the general public's ability to provide oversight is also lacking.  This lack of cross-checking is unique in American industry, regardless of how dangerous those other industries might be.

3) Why can't we stop using P-A -- it was just for a fledgling industry, wasn't it?

  P-A was indeed supposed to only last long enough to prove to the insurance industry that nukes were safe.  However, subsequent events made that "proof" impossible to find.

4)  I thought P-A was for stationary reactors, but NASA uses it to insure space flights.  What's up with that?

  Because P-A is immoral to begin with, it was a cinch for NASA to climb on board.  This allowed NASA to under-insure, for example, its CASSINI spacecraft, such that in case of accidental impacting on foreign soil, America would only pay out $100,000,000.00 no matter how bad the accident actually is.  (Cassini carried 72.3 lbs of plutonuim dioxide (mostly Pu 238).)

5)  Does P-A prevent renewable energy solutions?

  Of course it does.  First of all, anything that makes nuclear power appear to be more cost-effective than it really is prevents alternative energy solutions.  Second of all, without P-A, there would be NO nuclear industry, so that would be thousands megawatts of energy America would be looking for which renewables could provide, but which now are provided by nuclear.  Without nuclear cooking the books (and our bodies), wind power would long ago have become the major source of electricity in America.

6)  In the event of an accident, will P-A work?

  Hardly.  It's only good for 10 billion dollars, but an accident could easily be 10 or even 100 times that big, in terms of dollar value.  And anyway, P-A won't bring back anyone who had died, and won't stop the suffering of anyone who gets cancer or leukemia after a meltdown, and it won't prevent babies from being born with horrific and painful birth defects.  As described in #2, P-A actually makes all these things vastly more likely.


Russell D. Hoffman
Concerned Citizen
Carlsbad, CA

At 01:54 PM 1/22/02 , you wrote:
Christie Brinkley among witnesses to testify
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 436 to look at the future of the Price-Anderson Act.
The Price-Anderson legislation, which limits the liability of nuclear power plants in the event of a catastrophic accident, is up for re-authorization this year. Reid has questioned whether this policy unfairly favors nuclear power producers versus other forms of energy production.
The hearing will be made up of two witness panels. The first panel will consist of William F. Kane, Deputy Executive Director for Reactor Programs at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Kane will testify on behalf of the Administration.
The second panel will consist of five witnesses:
Marvin S. Fertel is Senior Vice President of the Nuclear Energy Institute, which is the professional association representing the nuclear power industry.
John L. Quattrocchi is Senior Vice President, Underwriting for the American Nuclear Insurers.
Peter Bradford teaches and consults on regulatory practices and procedures within the United States and abroad, and was a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dan Guttman teaches, and is an attorney in private practice with substantial experience in the public and private management of the electric utility industry.
Christie Brinkley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Star Foundation, a group which opposes re-authorization of Price-Anderson.
For more information, please contact: Nathan Naylor at 202 224-7002 or Tessa Haffen at 202 224-3545.

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