White House Declines to Renominate Member (2014, June 23) The Wall Street Journal, A4.
“George Apostolakis, first nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010, will leave the NRC on June 30 when his term ends…. [Mr Apostolakis] has publicly stated he would like to continue as a commissioner”
Apparently he was notified this week that he will not be re-nominated despite his desire to remain on the commission.
I don’t know much about George Apostolakis. I sure find his PP presentation on risk assessment to be full of flawed assumptions (here http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/organization/commission/comm-george-apostolakis/apostolakis-06-23-2014-psam12.pdf)
For example, one flawed assumption in his model is that we cannot extrapolate future accidents from past accident rates because after every accident major safety changes are instituted.
Of course this claim is garbage for many reasons:
1. Most safety reforms are cosmetic and do not address the fundamental problem of residual heat and explosive gas production in quick shutdowns2. Most reactors today are aging and are increasingly at risk of structural failure, as illustrated by the damage at San Onofre Nuclear power plant3. The practices of burning fuel at hotter temperatures and running MOX increase accident likelihood, especially in aging reactors
I’ll stop there because I’m tired and want to go to bed.
So, I’d say I’m rather pleased that George wasn’t asked back.
Perhaps the Obama Administration would like to invite someone who really understand the risks of nuclear reactors to serve on the NRC?