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Brodsky Letter to NRC - FOIA

Brodsky Letter to NRC - FOIA

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The Honorable Richard Brodsky2121 Saw Mill River RoadWhite Plains, New York 10607richardlbrodsky@gmail.comMay 26, 2011Chairman Gregory B. Jaczkoc/o Annette L. Vietti-Cook
Secretary of the Commission
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mail Stop O-16G4
Washington, DC 20555-0001Darren B. AshDeputy Execitive Director For Corporate ManagementU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionMail Stop O-16G4
Washington, DC 20555-0001NRC Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act OfficerU.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mail Stop T-5 F09
Washington, DC 20555-0001Freedom of Information Act RequestDear Chairman Jaczkoet, al.,On March 22, 2011 I filed with you a Freedom of Information Act request for a completelisting of ´exemptionsµ granted by the Commission pursuant to its regulatory proceduresunder NRC Regulation 50.12.There are apparently thousands of such ´exemptionsµ to health and safety requirements atlicensed facilities across the country. The number, kind, quality, purposes, conditions andconsequences of these ´exemptionsµ are unknown. The Inspector General of the NRC andthe GAO have repeatedly raised serious concerns about these ´exemptions.µ My March 22FOIA request also made several specific requests permitted under FOIA, as the followingexcerpt from my letter sets forth.´There is a compelling need for such expedited processing because failure to obtain therequested records within an expedited time frame could reasonably be expected to pose animminent threat to an individual's life or physical safety. These ¶exemptions· relieveoperators and reactors from strict compliance with the NRC's duly promulgated regulationsconcerning the health and safety of the public. They include, but are not limited to, issuesof fire safety, control of safety systems that are required for safe shutdown in cases wherecore meltdown is possible, safe evacuation of civilian populations, safe storage of spentfuel, and a variety of highly important health and safety matters."In spite of the importance of the issue, and inspite of requirements that I receive a

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