Does the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission protect public safety or protect FirstEnergy executives?

Read how a top U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official answered a neighbor of Davis-Besse and decide for yourself:

Mr. Tom Lenz [A neighbor of the Davis-Besse plant]:

You're talking for the safety of the plant; what about the workers and the hours they're putting in? I'm friends with quite a few people that work out there, and I know some of them have been on 12 hour shifts or more and six and seven days a week since September 11th of last year. That cannot be a safe working environment to have these people working those kind of hours for that length of time.

Mr. John Grobe [Chairman, Oversight Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission]:

I'm not sure what areas your friends work in, but for any work that's related to safety activities, whether it's a maintenance work or a guard or an operator, we have restrictions on the number of hours that they can work in a day, the number of hours they can work over several days, the number of hours they can work over a week, and those are specifically designed to ensure that the workers are fresh and not fatigued, and I know the Company is also sensitive to that, and I think just recently provided several days off for everybody, but it is a difficult situation for the Company, and it's going to take a lot of work to get out of it, and that's why they have so many entry workers on site.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company public meeting, Oak Harbor High School, September 17, 2002. Transcription by Marlene S. Rogers-Lewis & Associates reporters.

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