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Nuclear Regulators on the Hill For a Second Day

Washington, DC
Thursday, December 15, 2011

After yesterday's House hearing about management practices at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, all five commissioners were once again on Capitol Hill, this time before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The subject of the hearing was the NRC's recommendations in the wake of the Fukushima accident, but a majority of the Senators asked about management issues as well.

Four of the five commissioners wrote a letter to the White House in October complaining about the management practices of Chairman Gregory Jaczko. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darryl Issa (R-CA) released the letter last Friday in advance of the hearing he called on the subject yesterday. 

In a statement on today's hearing, Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said "We must move away from the ‘do nothing’ culture of the NRC and support Chairman Jaczko as he translates the lessons of Fukushima into an action plan that will make America’s nuclear plants the safest in the world.”

Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 1:54pm (ET)

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