Nuclear whistleblower Paul Blanch has spearheaded an effort to expose lies and failings by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff regarding their baseless support for a large diameter gas pipeline passing perilously close to safety-significant systems, structures, and components at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, including reactor safety and cooling systems, as well as highly radioactive waste storage systems. On Feb. 13th, NRC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report, confirming the alarming lies and failings. The New York congressional delegation’s response was immediate. U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (Democrat), chairwoman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, demanded an urgent meeting with NRC Chair Kristine Svinicki; see Lowey’s press release and letter. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called for a comprehensive, independent review of the now clearly documented high risks of operating atomic reactors, and storing highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel, immediately adjacent to a large diameter gas pipeline, with more than 20 million residents within a 50-mile radius (see their press release, here). Responding to Sen. Gillibrand’s grilling during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, NRC has committed to re-doing its flawed safety analysis. The scandal has erupted at the same time as a groundswell of opposition to NRC’s attempt to rubber-stamp Indian Point’s license transfer from Entergy to Holtec, for decommissioning and long-term, high-level radioactive waste management purposes (see related entry, above). More.