On February 19, I attended the NRC meeting about decommissioning Vermont Yankee. I didn't expect it to be fun, of course.
This February 19 meeting was pretty bad.
After this meeting, I was trying, really trying, to write a post about bullying and why a federal agency would allow citizens at a meeting to be bullied. Not just a little random shouting: the bullies make non-stop efforts to intimidate.
I think federal agencies owe the public to run their meetings so that EVERYONE can speak at a public meeting in relative safety. I wondered why the NRC thinks that enabling bullies is such a good idea. I wondered why the safety of pro-nuclear people means so little to them.
But I was too close to the subject. I have a lengthy draft of a blog post, but it still needs work. I found it very upsetting to relive the meeting and work on the post.
Happily, Rod Adams posted about the NRC meeting. I had posted a link to the Cable TV video of the meeting in various places (including Facebook) and Rod followed the link and took action.
Rod is a hero! From the four-hour video of the meeting, he extracted a twenty-minute video of "lowlights." He emailed the NRC, and got some really bizarre responses (The NRC seems proud that they don't take action, even when people throw manure at other people.) Rod has those responses in his post.
I urge you to read and circulate his post. Meanwhile, I will continue to work at my own post. (It's hard for me.)
THIS JUST IN!
Dan Yurman posted on this subject, including his own exchange with the NRC. Dan is a hero, too!
Yes, it is time that everyone felt safe at these meetings. Time and past time!
Thank you, Rod Adams and Dan Yurman.
THIS I MISSED EARLIER
Wow, I am ever OUT of it! Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues also saw my link to the meeting video, and he has a wonderful post comparing the activities of the nuclear opponents, and the non-activity of the police in the meeting, with the methods of intimidation used against newly-freed slaves during Reconstruction.
Thank you Steve! Great comments on this post, too!
Free speech, Monty Python, and Civil War reconstruction: anti-nukes are not funny
I decided to embed a video of the entire meeting. The three posts above are a far better introduction, but in case you want to see it…here it is.