The excerpts from the book Safety Second by the Union of Concerned Scientists about the activities of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that appeared in the June 15, 1987 issue of The Scientist (p. 15) deserve comment.

At the outset, it should be noted that the Union of Concerned Scientists is hardly an unbiased observer of the NRC. Since its formation, the organization has been critical of our agency and how we carry out our responsibilities. Nevertheless, we welcome constructive criticism and we go to great lengths to consider all comments as we seek to improve not only how we carry out our mission, but also our efforts to improve the safety of U.S. nuclear power plants.

Protection of the public and of the people who work in these plants is the principal goal in all our activities. Contrary to the statement of the UCS, our allegiance is not to the...

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