Image Over Substance: Nuclear Energy in the News

The New York Times profiles Jim Steets, Entergy Nuclear Northeast's external communications manager, who, we learn, has "an easy smile"; waxes "rhapsodic about the benefits and proficiencies of Indian Point," a nuclear power plant near New York City; and is "boyish-looking" and "well, a nice guy." In a shorter piece (albeit one further up in the paper), the Times reports that a Government Accountability Office auditor called nuclear power plant safety assessments "rushed" and "largely a paper review." The auditor also said the Nuclear Energy Institute's decision to hire Wackenhut for surprise mock attacks "raises questions," since Wackenhut also guards half the nation's nuclear plants.