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NRC FOIA

NRC FOIA

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The Honorable Richard Brodsky2121 Saw Mill River RoadWhite Plains, New York 10607RichardLBrodsky@Gmail.com914.720.8830March 22, 2011Chairman Gregory B. Jaczkoc/o Annette L. Vietti-CookSecretary of the CommissionU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionMail Stop O-16G4Washington, DC 20555-0001NRC Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act OfficerU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionMail Stop T-5 F09Washington, DC 20555-0001Freedom of Information Act RequestDear Commissioner Jaczko, et. al.,Pursuant to the rights conferred by applicable law including the Freedom of Information Actand the Privacy Act, I hereby request all NRC documents described as “exemptions” or“amendment to exemptions,” or similar identifying criteria issued to any commercialreactor or operator of a reactor pursuant to Regulation 10 CFR 50.12 "specific exemptions"(hereinafter "exemptions"). This request includes a listing of all such "exemptions" and acopy of each one.My name, address and daytime telephone number appear above.I am willing to pay all applicable fees, if the request for a fee waiver below is denied.I would prefer to receive the documents in electronic form.
 
I hereby request expedited processing of this request. There is a compelling need for suchexpedited processing because failure to obtain the requested records within an expeditedtime frame could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to an individual's lifeor physical safety. These "exemptions" relieve operators and reactors from strictcompliance with the NRC's duly promulgated regulations concerning the health and safety of the public. They include, but are not limited to, issues of fire safety, control of safetysystems that are required for safe shutdown in cases where core meltdown is possible, safeevacuation of civilian populations, safe storage of spent fuel, and a variety of highlyimportant health and safety matters. It is difficult to provide a full list of the subjectmatters of these "exemptions" because the NRC has not made public the full number, kind,subject matter, text and recipients of them, but the range and significance of the Rules towhich the "exemptions" have been applied are key to the immediate health and safety of the American public. These statements and concerns are true and correct to the best of myknowledge and belief.I hereby request a waiver of fees. The disclosure of the requested information is in thepublic interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of NRCoperations and activities. I have no commercial interest in the matter or the documents. Iintend to use the documents to further public understanding of health and safety issuesconcerning the operation of commercial reactors.I will analyze the content of the documents to determine the range of safety regulationssubject to the "exemptions", to determine what if any compensatory requirements wereincluded and to determine the process by and record of the method used by the NRC togrant such "exemptions.I have expertise in the legal and policy matters to which the"exemptions" are applied, and will use the information to explain the facts and law to thepublic. These "exemptions" have largely been granted in secret, without public notice orparticipation and involve key health and safety policies. The public is entitled to know whohas received "exemptions,” the Rules to which they apply, the subject of the "exemptions",their impact on the health and safety of the affected populations, and the process used toissue them. There is widespread public interest and concern in these matters, that can onlybe enhanced by a true and accurate account of the extent and purpose of the issueance of "exemptions" to public health and safety Rules. It should be emphasized that the publiccurrently has almost no awareness of the existence of these "exemptions,” and the provisionof this information will result in a better informed and knowledgable citizenry. I will analyzeand distribute both the data provided by the NRC and will make no charge of any kind.I look forward to an early response to this request.Best wishes,Richard Brodsky

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