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Mr. John Giarrusso, Jr., Nuclear Preparedness Manager
March 28, 2011
February 27, 2007
Massachusetts Attorney General is confused if it thinks it might still be a party to Pilgrim or VY license renewal case, sez NRC staff
In January 2006, the Massachusetts Attorney General (MassAG) filed petitions to intervene in license renewal proceedings for Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee. MassAG contended at the time that alleged new information about spent fuel pool fires should be considered in the proceedings. Both ASLBs rejected MassAG's contention, and NRC affirmed those decisions. MassAG wants NRC to reconsider and clarify that affirmation. NRC staff urges the Commission to make it clear to MassAG that the decision to affirm the ASLBs was final and will not be reconsidered. The NRC staff legal brief, dated February 16, 2007, is available as ADAMS ACN ML070510132.
December 27, 2005
April 18, 2005
Dollars of Terror
Dr. Ehrenfeld is the director of the American Center for Democracy, and author of a book titled "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed – and How to Stop It". This article tells a particularly scary story about a Quincy, Massachusetts-based company named GoAgile. That's a new name. The company used to be known as Ptech. Ptech software is used primarily to develop enterprise blueprints at the highest level of US government and corporate infrastructure. These blueprints hold every important functional, operational, and technical detail of the enterprise. Ptech’s clients in 2001 included the Department of Energy, Customs, Air Force, the White House, the Department of Justice, the FAA, IBM, Sysco, Aetna, and Motorola. Examples of information gathered utilizing Ptech’s capabilities would include the following:
Surely the type of company involved in such matters would be thoroughly secure, national security-wise? Would you be surprised to learn that among Ptech’s top investors and management in 2001 was Yassin Al-Qadi, who was listed as a specially designated global terrorist on October 12, 2001? His investment of $14 million in Ptech in 1998 made him Ptech’s major investor. Al-Qadi was the Director of the Saudi-based Muwafaq Foundation ("Blessed Relief") that fronted for, and funded, Makhtab Al-Khidamat (MK), Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and the Abu-Sayyaf organization, to name just a few. According to a Treasury Department letter to Switzerland’s Attorney General in November 2001, there was "a reasonable basis to believe that Mr. Kadi has a long history of financing and facilitating the activities of terrorists and terrorist-related organizations, often, acting through seemingly-legitimate charitable enterprises and businesses."
The possibility that Al-Qaeda or other Islamist terrorists have taken advantage of our free market system to undermine our economy and national security seems quite real when you identify the connections and affiliations of Ptech’s management, investors and employees. So, how could a small, Saudi-financed company with questionable terrorist connections obtain significant government and business contracts, and who facilitated this? Was Horizons, its Egyptian branch, ever investigated? Why wasn’t Ptech shut down? Why is it still allowed to operate? And even more importantly, are there other Ptechs around?
June 3, 2004
March 15, 2004
March 12, 2004
Pilgrim gets extended National Guard protection
If not for a supplemental budget bill signed into law in Massachusetts, the National Guard would have ceased protecting Pilgrim nuclear plant on March 8. Senator Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, chairs the Senate Committee on Ways & Means: "Safety and security at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, the Mirant Plant in Sandwich and PAVE PAWS have always been a priority of mine," she said. "Given today's uncertain times, we should continue to be proactive in safeguarding these installations. I am pleased that my colleagues in the House and Senate and the Governor sought to support my efforts to keep the Guard stationed at Pilgrim." Murray has been active on other Pilgrim security fronts, too. She worked with the United States Coast Guard in restricting ocean access to Pilgrim, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to institute a no-fly zone over the plant, and pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to federalize security protecting Pilgrim. Murray also persuaded the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to obtain Potassium Iodide from the NRC for all of the communities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone and led efforts for legislation that provides the pills to all communities within a 50-mile radius of the plant.
[Source: Kingston Mariner (Massachusetts), "National Guard remains at nuclear plant", March 12, 2004]
March 10, 2004
March 3, 2004
July 1, 2003