The Honorable Joseph Biden February 25, 2015
Vice President of the United States
The White House Certified Mail Return Receipt requested
Washington, D. C. 20500
Dear Vice President Biden,
I hope to connect with you during your visit to NH. Years ago, we shared space in a Time Magazine Cover (Enclosure A) story titled: Blowing the Whistle on Nuclear Safety: How a Showdown at a Power Plant Exposed the Federal Government Failure to Enforce its Own Rules. In the article you were quoted: “‘The fox is guarding the henhouse,’ says Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, who is pushing legislation to create an independent nuclear safety board outside the NRC. The democrat, who is also calling for a federal investigation of NRC effectiveness, believes the NRC ‘has failed the public.”
Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is the same “fox” and the “henhouse” is an aging relic. The same issues Time Magazine raised nearly three decades ago are cropping up again—substandard and counterfeit parts. New documents (Enclosure B) confirm the existence of unregulated parts, purchased from China, housed at TVA.
I am writing because you are a man of courage, a statesman, and continually provided loyal service to the American people. Many presidents have relied on your honesty and faithfulness. As U.S. Senator you represented what was right and just. Today I seek to renew the need for your intercession on behalf of the American people. I implore you to contact President Obama and the First Lady about my and other citizens’ unanswered letters (Enclosure C I and C 2 includes these letters and one from Barbara Waldern, a English Professor from South Korea) written on my behalf, and signed for by the White House. I believe once review all the information and documents enclosed you will determine this is one of the most important issues of yours and President Obama’s administration
For three decades past and current brave informants have contacted me from inside both the NRC and the nuclear industry. Safety concerns and the violation of U.S. Laws are brought to the attention of We The People, Inc., a national whistleblower organization I founded in 1987. In years past, you acted on some of this very information. Today, State Senator Bruce Tarr. Representative Brad Hill and Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins have raised their (Enclosure D with media accounts) voice to endorse WTP’s call for an investigation of the NRC. I hope you will lend your voice to this important call.
I spent six years in Massachusetts Federal Court on a charge of “conspiring to topple the NRC.” My Journey began with a letter (Enclosure E) from former Executive Director of the NRC, Victor Stello, suggesting I leave behind a paralyzed resident at my family’s health care facility in the event of nuclear meltdown at Seabrook Power. To add insult to injury, this letter stated I should dedicate staff to likewise remain with the patient to administer the controversial drug Potassium KI)
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Iodide. Because I felt this response to an insufficient evacuation plan both inhumane and discriminatory, I began investigating the NRC and their policies. If they were willing to make special needs citizens expendable, I could only imagine what other human rights violations they were willing to commit.
This heartless evacuation plan is in place today. U.S. Senator Edward Markey’s office requested I write them (Enclosure F) a letter explaining what I believe are violations of U. S. Laws. Still waiting Senator Markey’s reply.
My investigation garnered the attention of Leon Panetta. He wrote two letters to the Department of Justice requesting they meet with me. Likewise, David Williams, first Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General appealed to the F.B.I. to investigate President Ronald Reagan who ignored evidence of substandard parts. (Enclosed are all three letters, marked Enclosure G ) The requests were ignored.
Despite the fact I have photographic (Enclosure H) proof of President Reagan receiving the evidence, when Chris Callahan of Washington Associated Press called the White House, they denied the exchange of information ever took place. (Enclosure I) contains articles and chronology of the cover-up of counterfeit/substandard parts by President Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, former Chairman of the Senate Arms Committee Sam Nunn, former Senator Glenn and his legal aid, Stephen Ryan, Peter Kostmayer, and his chief legal aid, John O’Donnell, Former U.S. Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, and former Attorney General, Dick Thornburgh, and 60 Minutes. (My tape recordings will prove their participation and involvement.)
Neither the requests to the DOJ nor the NRC IG’s own directive for an investigation by the FBI obviously would never have been written unless there was factual proof to justify those inquiries. The American People have a right to know the truth about why these requests for investigations were never pursued. Some will say these letters to the DOJ and to the FBI are old. They are no older than the counterfeit substandard parts still housed at nuclear plants around the country.
We The People first brought these troubling issues to light. I notified U.S. Senators John Kerry, Edward Kennedy and Rep. Dingell who responded. Two years later the US General Accounting Office issued a Report “Nuclear Safety and Health, Counterfeit and Substandard Parts are a Government Wide (Enclosure J) Concern”, October 1990. At first the NRC requested these bogus parts be found and replaced but because of industry and political pressure the standards were lowered (Enclosure K) “Nuclear Reactor Regulation Differing Professional Views concerning the proposed 10 CFR 50.69 Rulemaking on Nuclear components“) to save money as a result, a lot of these bogus parts were never found or replaced. Recent NRC bulletins (Enclosure L) confirm substandard parts are still showing up
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in U.S. Plants. The NRC continues to be allowed to play Russian roulette with America’s safety.
Everyday this information is ignored President Obama jeopardize the safety of the American People. I do hope the President will elect to meet with me and doesn’t insult me by referring me back to the FBI, DOJ, or the NRC including Mr. Bell, now the acting director of the NRC’s IG office. Mr. Bell to date has ignored concerns I reported to him on 4/1/13. Also on 4/10/13 Scott Langan, Deputy Director of the NRC Office of Investigations (NRC OI) told me he would contact the NRC IG office about information Mr. Lagan and I discussed on 4/1 & 13 of 2013. Additional information was sent from the NRC to Mr. Bell office 2/12, 7/4, and 10/21 of 2014, as of the result of Testimony I gave at a NRC hearing 12/18/13. Mr. Bell took over the Office of NRC IG once David Williams left the position of NRC IG. You should also be aware of the letter Mr. Williams sent to me (Enclosure M) stating in part, “I have been requested by the White House to respond specifically to your concerns regarding the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ….. My office maintains an ongoing relationship with you and other associates of your public interest group We The People, Inc. This ongoing relationship has been useful to my office and I hope that it meets your needs to have your concerns addressed, as well.”
We The People’s brave informants brought about several investigations (Enclosure N media articles) during David Williams watch as NRC IG. Unfortunately information I and others gave Mr. Bell did not lead to jumpstart any investigations.
I learned the hard way the NRC IG, DOJ or the FBI can’t be trusted. That they ignored me is one thing. But to trump requests made by Leon Panetta, White House Chief of Staff and David Williams’s directive sent to the FBI while on his watch as NRC IG is unbelievable. The NRC, FBI, DOJ, most elected officials and many of the media were and still are obviously intimidated to investigate the Reagan/Bush Administration’s cover-up of the Counterfeit Substandard Parts Scandal.
Due to these and other reasons I have no other choice but to contact our Commander in Chief, President Obama. Unfortunately Mr. Obama has not to date responded to any of the several certified letters I sent him. Over the years, my letters were more successful reaching our nation’s First Ladies: Including Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Clinton. (Enclosure O) For those reason, I sent a certified letter to Michelle Obama which as of this date has not been responded to.
We The People has been supporting and protecting whistleblowers that in some cases placed their 35 year careers and their family’s financial security on the line to reveal cover-ups within the NRC and unsafe conditions at Nuclear Civilian and Weapons Plants. These individuals are some of the bravest citizens in America. Instead of honoring them, they are persecuted and fired from their jobs. Over the
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last 27 years my adversaries have intimidated my family and have threatened my life. Our past presidents invite sport teams after winning the Stanley cup, Super Bowl, NBA Championship and the World Series to the White House. Why aren’t Whistleblowers invited to the White house? Given what I know,
whistleblowers are the American people’s first line of defense. Maybe once President Obama becomes familiar with what these brave individuals brought to light in preventing a nuclear disaster in America our President will elect to bring these brave citizens to the White House and honor them and their families.
The American People will ultimately hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for ignoring what I have informed them. Many in the media I contacted continue to ignore the evidence. 60 Minutes contacted me and later visited Senator Glenn and his Legal aid, Stephen Ryan but they refused to take on the Substandard Parts Scandal. I contacted Barbara Walters at 20/20 who wanted to expose the scandal but Victor Newfelt, Senior Producer at the time (now with CNN) killed the story because his wife marketed Nuclear Power. FOX anchor Brit Hume sat with me for 2 hours and stated, “It takes people like you to make democracy work.” Nothing came of it at Fox, hardly what FOX represents as “Fair, Balanced and Unafraid.”
As a journalist myself I believe it is important for us in the Media to review and reread our Journalist Creed which states in part, “I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds to his heart to be true. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society is indefensible.”
I found in this life there are some things we cannot ignore or walk away from. This ordeal has only strengthened my faith but brought me closer to Jesus. I carry many Bible passages in my head four of which have had a profound effect on me, Hebrews 11:1 “Being sure of what you hope for and being certain of what you cannot see.” Luke 18:1-8 “The Parable of the persistent widow who kept going to a Judge who did not respect man or God but because of her persistence the Judge finally said, give her justice because she is driving me crazy.” Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done. The saving of many lives.” Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
I have additional documents and tape recordings I will only give President Obama when he meets with me. I trust and believe you will act once again to these troubling concerns I have outlined. In the interest of protecting the safety of the American People and proving Democracy still works for citizens outside the political beltway in petitioning our government I ask that you contact the President and the First Lady as soon as possible. I know you would rather prevent an American Chernobyl or Fukushima from happening in the U.S than to react to one.
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See WTP’s National Petition citizens (Enclosure P) are currently signing and DVD of CNN’s year and half investigation(Enclosure Q) of WTP’s work aired on Earth Matters entitled, “ Inside the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Intimidation or Regulation. You may contact me by my e-mail: email@example.com
I am anxiously awaiting your replies.
Stephen B. Comley Sr.
Founder of We The People a National Whistleblower Non-Profit Organization