A ten mile mandatory evacuation area for the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant is now in effect. As stated in the video below, it is a “prudent approach” for fast developing events leading to radiation releases. Since the plant is currently shutdown for maintenance and will not be restarted until the flooding subsides, what possible radiation release is NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko referring to? The only other source of radiation is the spent fuel rods. If this is the possible radiation source that he is referring to, a “prudent approach” might be moving the spent fuel rods to another site such as Yucca Mountain before they bccome a problem. Unfortunately, Mr. Jaczko was responsible for delaying this facility in Nevada.
Mr. Jaczko was appointed by Mr. Obama to be the chairman for the NRC. More information concerning his accomplishments are shown in the excerpt below.
As the United States continues to weigh its nuclear energy policy in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daichi plant crisis, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been dealing with a small disaster of his own. His job may be at stake after a recent inspector general’s report revealed that he kept fellow commissioners in the dark about his actions to slow the approval of a nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the report, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko—who was not present—came under attack, mostly from Republicans, over the findings. The inspector general’s report says that Jaczko broke no laws, but several lawmakers, including a leading Republican on the Energy and Commerce committee, Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield, are calling for his resignation.