March 16th, 2011 – Harold Denton Former NRC Spokesperson during TMI calling all over NRC

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From: Harrington, Holly
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:01 PM
To: Akstulewicz, Brenda; Bonaccorso, Amy
Cc: Deavers, Ron
Subject: RE: Public Inquiries-Mark I designs
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I personally do not feel that he needs a call back

From: Akstulewicz, Brenda
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:42 PM
To: Bonaccorso, Amy; Harrington, Holly
Cc: Deavers, Ron
Subject: RE: Public Inquiries-Mark I designs

NRR is probably who you would contact about that. Potentialy Mike Cullingford could steer you to the right person.

From: Bonaccorso, Amy
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:41 AM
To: Harrington, Holly; Akstulewicz, Brenda
Cc: Deavers, Ron
Subject: RE: Public Inquiries


Harold Denton and I talked. He is well known for his role as spokesperson for the NRC during Three Mile Island – he was also the person provided daily reports to Pres. Jimmy Carter. He’s been calling all over NRC talked to Brian Sheron last night.

He is being besieged with media inquiries due to comments in made in 1986 that criticized the Marc (sp?) 1 design.

He said they were much more likely to fail than other designs. He is currently refusing the requests to come on TV and is passing people to NRC – but it sounds like 1) maybe we should have an expert who is available to talk to these people about the Marc 1 design, and

2) Harold is suggesting that technical experts from NRR/RES brief the Chairman/Commission on the design and recent research on it, as he remembers that research was being done on it when he was here

He said it would be a way to get in front of the press on this – as they are reaching out everywhere for info…. including retired employees (with old information).

He told me that there are a few U.S. reactors that have this design and that is why there are questions…

Harold’s contact info:

I’m not exactly sure what to do with this one beyond passing on what he told me.



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