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NRC Grants Status to C-10 in Seabrook Concrete Case

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October 11, 2017

News from C-10: October 2017


NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rules in favor of C-10
Standing granted in case on Seabrook’s concrete

The C-10 Research & Education Foundation has been granted standing following its pro se petition to intervene in a regulatory proceeding regarding the plant’s safety and operating license.
NextEra Energy Seabrook LLC’s pending License Amendment Request is relative to the deteriorating concrete at the plant, which has been operating since 1991. Citing serious safety concerns with the concrete and flaws in the concrete testing and monitoring methodologies, C-10 sought intervenor status in the docket, and requested a public hearing.
In a 100-page ruling issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (NRC/ASLB) on Friday, October 6, the three-judge panel wrote that C-10 has standing to intervene in Docket Number 50-443-LA-2, and admitted five of the group’s contentions, combining them into one reformulated contention.
“This case is not only about the ability of Seabrook’s concrete to protect us from radioactive elements; it could have national repercussions as to how the NRC handles other cases of nuclear plants experiencing Alkali Silica Reaction, or ASR,” said Natalie Hildt Treat, executive director of C-10.  Keep reading on our blog.
We've been working with New Hampshire filmmaker Rick Dumont to create a brief informational video on C-10's Citizen Radiological Monitoring Network - the only one like it in the world. Check out our Facebook page for updates and more!

Course on Chernobyl and the Collapse of the Soviet Union: 
Local expert offers insights and lessons 

The culture of obedience and the lack of the public’s ability to ask questions contributed to the chain of events that triggered the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. This is what Gary Dunbar believes, and it points to the importance of a strong democracy, freedom of speech and the role of citizen groups to engage with — and sometimes question — the government. 
Dunbar is a West Newbury resident who worked for a decade as a government consultant in and around Russia and the former Soviet republics, most notably with officials trying to manage the after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.
“What your group (the C-10 Foundation) can do in this culture is vastly important,” Dunbar observed. “You have the ability to take bureaucracy to task, to raise issues and ask questions.The fact that it exists and you’re able to ask questions is an enormously important safeguard that we have in this country.” 

Click here to read more and find registration info for Dunbar's class with Newburyport Adult Education, which starts October 26.

Safety for Citizens

C-10's Executive Director Natalie Hildt Treat explains why she thinks about safety at Seabrook Station, and why she encourages others to do the same. Read more
Have a friend who also lives near Seabrook and would be interested in C-10's work? Please forward this newsletter. You can also visit our Get Involved page on Thank you!

Summer Interns Rocked it at C-10!

Young people have lots of ways to use their precious time. That’s why it was so gratifying to see two stellar young ladies volunteer their time and talents to assist us with some important projects this summer.
Thank you Samantha and Margot for your terrific contributions to C-10! Read about these rising stars and learn about our internship program, here.