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Brodsky Letter to NRC - FOIA

Brodsky Letter to NRC - FOIA

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The Honorable Richard Brodsky 2121 Saw Mill River Road White Plains, New York 10607 richardlbrodsky@gmail


May 26, 2011 Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko c/o Annette L. Vietti-Cook  Secretary of the Commission  U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission  Mail Stop O-16G4 Washington, DC 20555-0001 Darren B. Ash Deputy Execitive Director For Corporate Management U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Mail Stop O-16G4 Washington, DC 20555-0001 NRC Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Officer U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission  Mail Stop T-5 F09 Washington, DC 20555-0001

Freedom of Information Act Request Dear Chairman Jaczkoet, al., On March 22, 2011 I filed with you a Freedom of Information Act request for a complete listing of ´exemptionsµ granted by the Commission pursuant to its regulatory procedures under NRC Regulation 50.12. There are apparently thousands of such ´exemptionsµ to health and safety requirements at licensed facilities across the country. The number, kind, quality, purposes, conditions and consequences of these ´exemptionsµ are unknown. The Inspector General of the NRC and the GAO have repeatedly raised serious concerns about these ´exemptions.µ My March 22 FOIA request also made several specific requests permitted under FOIA, as the following excerpt from my letter sets forth. ´There is a compelling need for such expedited processing because failure to obtain the requested records within an expedited time frame could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to an individual's life or physical safety. These ¶exemptions· relieve operators and reactors from strict compliance 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 safety systems that are required for safe shutdown in cases where core meltdown is possible, safe evacuation of civilian populations, safe storage of spent fuel, 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

response within twenty days, with extensions for good cause possible, I have received no answer to my March 22 request. I did receive two telephone calls from an NRC staff person, both assuring me that I would receive an answer immediately. As of this writing, I have not received the information to which I am entitled. I ask for an immediate review by the Chairman and other responsible parties as to why events have transpired in this way. I ask that the information be immediately sent to me as required. I ask for a ruling on the individual requests contained in the March 22 submission. I look forward to an immedaite reply. Best wishes,

Richard Brodsky

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