Founder, We the People, Inc. and nuclear safety advocate, worked at multi-generation family-owned nursing home
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As founder of We The People a National Whistleblower Non-Profit Organization, Stephen Comley has provided the following statements and documents related to nuclear power plant safety that he believes deserve the public's attention.
To the Editor:
MA and NH Governors Charlie Baker and Maggie Hassan when will either of you finally decide to take action on the unsafe conditions at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant? When will you stand up and protect all the dedicated first responders in your states?
Unbelievable, Still being heard across the U.S. is the anti-police sentiment even after the assassination of 4 more police officers..
Both of you as Governors have talked about how much value you put on the men and women who stand ready as state troopers, police, fire and civil defense to protect and serve their fellow Americans
I have been to both of your offices no less than 20 times requesting to meet but have not even received a written response concerning the unsafe conditions at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant. These unsafe situations at Seabrook Station includes the presence of falsified bad welds, Counterfeit Substandard nuclear parts built in the plant, unmanned Security Booth and the fact citizens including Special needs people who live inside and outside the 10 mile radius of the Nuclear Plant cannot be evacuated safety during the summer months in the event of a Nuclear disaster at Florida (FPL) Power and Light’s plant.
These unsafe conditions threaten the very lives of all first responders and their families in both states and beyond.
Your constituents have a right to know why, neither one of you have held a press conference denouncing the GAG orders still in effect on the MA State Police & the NH National Guard imposed by the former Dukakis and Sununu Administrations.
Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Bradford Hill have done more than talk about the value of the first responders who risk their lives on a daily basis.
Unlike former MA Governor Deval Patrick who broke his promise to WTP when he opted to take a position at MIT instead protecting the safety of MA citizens. MA Senator Bruce Tarr and Rep. Bradford Hill followed through with their promise to WTP by endorsing our call for the Nuclear (NRC) Regulatory Commission to hold a hearing in front of first responders so these traffic experts can voice their opinions whether citizens living within and outside the 10 mile radius of Seabrook Station can be evacuated in time and safety in the event of a Nuclear meltdown during the summer months including July 4..
I certainly hope one of the reasons Governor Hassan is not willing to endorse WTP’s call isn’t because FPL pays the Town of Seabrook 15 million dollars a year in real estate taxes. There is no question that is a lot of money but is it more important than the safety of the people?
Let’s not forget the only reason Seabrook Nuclear Plant got licensed was due to the twisted priorities and underhanded work of John Sununu while he was White House Chief of Staff under President George Bush. Senior. Mr. Sununu was given and gladly took the assignment to jam one step licensing down the throats of his fellow NH citizens which circumvented the people’s right to participate in legal proceedings against licensing the plant.
The following are quotes from a Secret Department of Energy (obtained by WTP) Memo, “NRC Chairman Selin might more quickly fall in line for Governor Sununu than he would for Admiral Watkins. Have Governor Sununu tell Chairman Selin to say nothing further to the Congress than support of S.1220 and its specific provisions, ignore the past.”
One Step licensing is what really got Seabrook Nuclear plant’s license to operate when Sununu was making a mockery of our American democracy system of government while at the same time, proudly displaying the saying on his NH license plate, live free or die.
Ultimately, We The People will be demanding that the Department of Justice fully investigate how the NRC was able to license the Seabrook Nuclear Plant in the middle of Hampton Beach.
Mr. Sununu is still a very powerful man with his continuing intimidation and influence not only on elected officials but with the NH media too. Hopefully Mr. Sununu still does not possess as much power in Washington since former President Bush was forced to put the self-proclaimed “Pussy Cat” out due to the many dirty tricks he is known to use which I know firsthand about.
These above reasons and many more are why I am seeking the Republican Nomination to become the next President of the United States.
Stephen B. Comley Sr.
Founder of We The People a National Whistleblower Non-Profit Organization
In 2018 Comley provided the following additional information:
PROFILE OF STEPHEN B. COMLEY SR. Web site www.stephencomleysr.com |
Stephen B. Comley, Sr., is a business-owner, farmer & founder of We The People a National Whistleblower Protection Non-Profit Organization residing in Rowley, Massachusetts—just 12 miles away from the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. For over 80 years, his family has owned & operated now by his Son for 26 years the Sea View, Rehabilitation & extended Care Community. Steve Sr. is one of the leading nuclear safety advocates in the country. Since the mid-1980’s he has brought whistle blowers forward concerning the reckless disregard for the public’s safety and first brought to light the presence of Counterfeit Substandard Parts present in most US reactors including Seabrook Station with much attention in the news…always with an eye towards protecting those who chose to help eradicate fraud & abuse in the energy conglomerates & the federal government. It all began when Comley requested further information about an evacuation plan should Seabrook Nuclear Plant fail. In its current status, the plan does not & still does not extend beyond a 10-mile radius. This meant Senior Citizens residing at the Sea View & his family was left at risk. A former Nuclear Regulatory (NRC) Commission Executive Director (Victor Stello Reagan appointee) informed in a letter to Comley to leave his special needs residents behind & administer potassium iodide by caregivers who would be willing to stay behind in the event of a nuclear disaster at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant. This inhumane treatment still is in place now at all the nuclear plants in the U.S. & beyond making a certain segment of our population expendable. Mr. Comley vowed to make it his duty to speak out about this violation of human rights---not only as a business & family-man, but as a Christian soldier. Most notably, CNN, TIME & 60 Minutes have all covered or followed him & his efforts.
As you may surmise, whistle blowers rarely get rewarded for their honesty & integrity. Some have been fired from their jobs, & others, like Steve, have lost even more. His reward for exposing the severe deficiencies in Nuclear Industries & the cover-ups within the NRC—the federal regulatory arm of the U.S. government charged with overseeing the industry & protecting the public is well-documented including the TIME Magazine Cover Story, “Nuclear Warriors” & the CNN special, “Inside the NRC”: Regulation or Intimidation?” The NRC served Comley with a Federal Subpoena which stated: “Mr. Stephen Comley & Roger Fortuna, deputy (former) director of the NRC Office of Investigations are Conspiring to Topple the NRC & if Stephen Comley does not turn over the tape-recordings he has made of high officials in Washington he could be jeopardizing the safety of the American people & the security of U.S. Nuclear Plants from around the country.” This turned into a 6 year court battle in MA US Federal court with the US NRC Inspector General finally dropping the subpoena in favor of working with Comley.
Despite the 32 years of efforts, sadly, the importance of Mr. Comley’s message has fallen on deaf ears by several administrations beginning from Presidents Reagan to now Trump. Mr. Comley has also contacted all of the presidential candidates who like the national liberal media have turned a blind eye to these unsafe conditions at US nuclear plants. Even though former Obama staff member Leon Panetta & David Williams, (Now Inspector General of the Postal Office) former NRC Inspector General, requested investigations by the Department of Justice & the FBI their requests were never acted on.
Over the years, Comley & his National Whistleblower Protection Non-Profit Organization (501© 3), “We the People” he founded in 1987, also requested investigations by the FBI & the Department of Justice but these appeals were not honored. Yet, in Mr. Comley’s eyes & others who blew the whistle, there is unfinished business. His story is one of incredible fortitude, persistence and faith.
Steve still is very active in his pursuit for making sure democracy works. His passion & concern for the safety of the American people is rare these days. He is doggedly diligent about making sure students across the country remember their rights as citizens. During his lectures to college students he stresses the importance of having a voice & a say in democracy. He wrote to the President & Mrs. Obama regarding unfinished business concerning the protection of United States citizens should a nuclear fallout take place. The White House signed for the letters, which to date have remained unanswered.
In a recent petition to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Speaker Ryan & Members of Congress, Comley calls for intense reform in the regulations which dictate the safety & efficacy of nuclear plants across the country. Among the action he seeks for President Trump’s administration & Congress to enact & include:
- Congress to create an independent commission to investigate the U.S. Nuclear Commission (NRC);
- Hold the industry accountable to higher standards of Quality Assurance & Safety Inspections including but not limited to the use of Substandard & Counterfeit Parts;
- Create evacuation plans & public responses that include all Americans with respect to short-term & long-term effects of nuclear accidents.
Comley has been a registered Independent voter all his voting life but now a republican while running for President. Steve is also a Lifetime Member of the Republican Inner Circle. He is a Graduate of Atlantic Union College. He is a national speaker on the issues of Nuclear Safety & recently was invited & spoke in Japan & South Korea.
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