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Let’s Chat – What Are Your Thoughts?

Holly Harrington
Senior Advisor
Office of Public Affairs

The NRC launched a pilot of a new social media platform – Let’s Chat – in April. It’s somewhat similar to this blog, but it Picture1features a real-time discussion on a specific issue with an NRC expert responding to the questions.

So far, we’ve held three Chats – on the history of nuclear power in the U.S., on the Japan Lessons Learned Directorate and its activities, and on the role of the resident inspector. We appreciate everyone who has stopped by and sent us a question. (By the way, they are archived on the site.)

Our next session is today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern with Len Wert, from our Region II office in Atlanta. He will speak about his experiences during the many hurricanes he’s dealt with, as well as how nuclear power plants are built to withstand a whole host of severe weather events.

Now we’d like some feedback from you. Have you been to a Chat? What did you think? Are the times and days of the week convenient?

We also like to hear your topic suggestions. We do have some limitations on topics for the Chat. It’s not the place for regulatory issues currently before the Commission or likely to come to the Commission, for example, or actively being adjudicated. But if you suggest a topic and we can make it work, we’ll put it on the schedule.

Thanks for your input!

36 responses to “Let’s Chat – What Are Your Thoughts?

  1. jonycad@gmail.com February 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I haven`t been to a chat yet but mostly because lack of time. I think the days chosen are OK.

  2. Moderator July 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

    This particular post is soliciting topics for future Chats. If you have general comments or questions, please post them on the Open Forum section of the blog. We’ll look at your comments here, however, and see if we can address some of the concerns in future Chats, including how, when and why public meetings are held.

    Holly Harrington

  3. Branden Ramer July 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Iv’e wasted my time asking you these questions for which I fear I already know the answers, please do respond accurately to each question.
    #1: Why would you build nuclear power generation facilities so big, containing so much highly radioactive material, that they could potentially wipe out entire states, if not this entire country.
    #2: Why would you build nuclear power generation facilities to run on the most dangerous man-made substances know to man when Thorium power generation has been around just as long and poses almost no threat to every living species on earth like uranium/plutonium.
    #3: Why would you perpetuate and defend something that generally kills and maims women and children first? Why would you perpetuate and defend something that mutates the DNA of nearly all species?
    #4: Why would you have claimed to learn lesson’s from Fukushima Daichi’s accident when 3 Mile Islands core was never recovered either and both incidents are ongoing disasters spewing cancer causing particles into the environment just like Chernobyl?
    #5: Why have you failed to stop renewing operating licenses to our oldest most dangerous plants, many of which have already contaminated much of their surrounding environment including installations on and around the great lakes, our greatest source of fresh water?

  4. Elizabeth Mueller July 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Why aren’t you all in prison? #youcoveredforsoutherncaliforniaelectricwhentheyliedunderoathandyouhadthelettertoproveit

  5. Deanna Polk July 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Why doesn’t the NRC hold public hearings locally where people living near these plants are affected? Also, why doesn’t the NRC invite other agencies such as FEMA, DHS, and the EPA to these same meetings instead of bypassing pertinent questions from the public by saying “that’s not in our jurisdiction?”

  6. Frank Crescenzo July 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Bill, best of luck in the future! From time to time the notion of the NRC regulating DOE radiological or nuclear facilities (including accelerators) comes up, any thoughts on this subject from the EDO?

  7. Erica Gray July 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

    The NRC should list events 7 days a week.. There should be no holidays and weekends off from listing event reports.
    Also effluent page is not up to date.

  8. 420bluntblowin July 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    should the fedral gov. provide funds for nucular waste why or why not

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