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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] " Government poised to fire nuclear watchdog "
Firing her and pretending everything will be OK subsequently--without
reforming the laws that are at fault--would be extremely unproductive.
Unfortunately, that has a tendency to happen. An opinion piece along the
lines of "we need regulatory and legal reform, not scapegoating" might help
redraw the lines of the debate a bit, possibly including watchdogs on the
At least it's worth a shot. Is someone working on one?
Also, I don't know about anyone else, but I worry that this exposes the CNSC
to politically-motivated intervention every time they make a
moderately-controversial decision...and that capability on the part of the
government has the potential to produce serious problems. Given that there
are more anti-nuclear governments than pro-nuclear ones--and in that I
include governments that are nominally in favor of the expanded use of
nuclear technology yet still see the opportunity to gain a small political
advantage by making painless (to them) changes to the working environment of
a powerless and seemingly inconsequential group of "eggheads"--if the
government has the power to make technical determinations, that's going to
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brendan Simons" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 10:31 AM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Re: " Government poised to fire nuclear watchdog "
> Unbelievable. I know everyone has their gripes with the CNSC, but by all
> accounts Keen was just following her organizations legislative mandate.
> It is not the CNSC's job to balance between reactor safety and public
> health. That responsibility lies with the government, and it was good for
> the public debate to happen in parliament.
> As for "supporting documentation", Keen should submit the Nuclear Safety
> and Control Act word for word. That act makes her independent from
> "ministerial directives".
> Brendan Simons
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