Companies are working with the Alabama’s insurance commissioner to set rates across the state. This comes after a spate of tornado activity and near severe drought across the state.
"The insurers are asking themselves the same question: What if this is a new pattern? What if this is going to mean there will be more tornadoes?" he said. "The global re-insurers are very concerned about climate change. As far as they are concerned, there is a pretty clear signal."
Source: Birmingham News
ProPublica is reporting on the lack of fire safety in US nuclear power plants. They also reported that their reporters recently inquired about nuclear safety, and were met with hostile nuclear regulatory officials. My concern goes further in that these plants are not designed to withstand current climate impacts, such as major droughts. Power plants rely on a water source, such as a river or lake, to cool down their reactors. If the water runs dry, or too low, or is too hot, the plant has to shut down. There are no contingencies for these situations, that I’m aware of other than shutting down the plant. My understanding is that the danger here is a melt-down could occur from climate-related events. Never mind climate change, they’re not prepared for today.
In a forceful critique of his agency’s approach toward fire safety, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared that the policy of not enforcing most fire code violations at dozens of nuclear plants is “unacceptable” and has tied the hands of NRC inspectors.
The written comments by NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko, released last week, were made as the commission voted in late May to continue a policy of citing only the most serious fire violations at 44 of the nation’s 101 reactors that are in the process of updating fire plans, and to address old hazards.
As ProPublica recently reported, many of the plants are relying on fire watches and other short-term measures while they work on their new plans. But critics say the NRC’s enforcement policy has allowed nuclear companies to put off installing fire suppression, barriers and other safety features for years.