Spurred by a letter from then Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner’s Executive Director, Victor Stello, declaring the most vulnerable of our citizens would be left behind in the event of nuclear disaster Stephen B. Comley, Sr. brought the fight to the door of United States’ Presidents, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the national press.
For twenty-eight-years, Mr. Comley worked outside the political beltway to bring change to an industry fueled by billions of dollars and harnessed control of our nations political machine. His work has been featured on CNN, cover of Time Magazine, and state and national newspapers. The insider information he provided on counterfeit and substandard parts built into seventy-percent of nuclear plants caused the NRC to make the claim he was “conspiring to topple the NRC.”
In 1986, he rallied eighty-percent of the town of Rowley to his cause when Seabrook Power Station and NRC official refused parents a voice in their children’s evacuation, because they were outside the ten-mile radius. This unprecedented civic action drew attention from state and national lawmakers including Michael Dukakis, Senator Kennedy, Secretary of State John Kerry, and even former President Bill Clinton. A life member of the Republican Inner Circle, he could only garner recognition from the opposing party. Former President Ronald Reagan and Former President George Bush, Sr. covered-up documents provided by Mr. Comley of the crisis at nuclear plants.
Embroiled in a six-year Massachusetts’ Federal Court battle against the highest-level officials inside the NRC was dubbed by Washington Post columnist, Mary McGrory, as “Dallas with radiation.” He spent over $500,000 in defense against the NRC and nuclear industry—both famed for bullying.
Throughout his years in court he galvanized whistleblowers to his cause. Scientists and engineers flooded his office doors with safety allegations threatening lives.
He has worked across party lines to see laws changed. In Florida he worked with Republicans and Democrats to see unfair housing laws over-turned. In Maine, he worked with local and state officials to help an island succeed from an unfair tax burden of a township. In Massachusetts he exposed a false surplus to see nursing homes receive the Medicaid funds that had been poured into a government slush fund. In New Hampshire one of his court battles resulted in an I.D. law change for journalists.
A quarter-century later, Comley is undaunted. He welcomes whistleblowers to his door. He takes their concerns to congress and senate. The goal is to protect victims of an industry free to govern itself. He has begun to rally Rowley and the surrounding area to bring President Obama to town. Today he carries the story of his journey to college campuses and churches across the country in an effort to usher in a new generation of support for his cause. He spoke with concerned citizens of Japan and South Korea as well. He is available for speaking engagements large and small. For anyone interested in learning more about the dangers of nuclear regulation please contact Stephen Comley.