Senator: AP raised serious nuclear safety issues

AP News
Posted: Jun 21, 2011 6:09 PM
Senator: AP raised serious nuclear safety issues

Sen. Bernie Sanders says The Associated Press raised disturbing allegations about the safety of aging U.S. nuclear power plants and wants his state's Vermont Yankee facility shut down.

Sanders said in a Senate speech Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant operator Entergy have ignored the will of Vermonters. He said the state Senate voted 26-4 against the plant's operation once its license expires next year.

Sanders, an independent, called for a congressional investigation into the safety issues raised in the AP series. He said the investigation should determine whether the NRC is systematically working with industry to undermine safety standards to keep aging plants operating.

California Democrat Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, says she is supporting Sanders.