Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Review of Programs and Reforms: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property and Nuclear Safety of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, February 4, 1999   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of James N. Inhofe: "On the issue of reform, I would be judging success by three measures. First of all, will the NRC meet its relicensing goal of processing the applications within 30 months? You will remember that 6 months ago we heard concerns that this could last for an interminable time. No. 2, will the general regulatory reform goals be implemented throughout every level of the NRC? And No. 3, will safety not be compromised? The first and the third goals are self-explanatory. Regarding the second goal, I am concerned that the reforms at the NRC will be embraced by the commissioners and the senior managers, but that they will not filter down through the NRC workforce. What we need is a cultural change at the NRC. I think we're all aware that Chairman Jackson will be leaving the Commission at the end of her term--on June 30, I believe it is, of this year--and yet, you can have changes at the top and they don't filter all the way down through the ranks. We want to make sure that that does happen. So we look forward to this hearing. I would also comment that we will have continued hearings. I think it is natural, and it is built into any bureaucracy, whether it's the NRC or anything else, if you don't have oversight, things tend to get very lax and, of course, you're going to probably have more oversight than you've had before, and this will be consistent; not just one spurt of it now, but it will continue throughout the years, at least as long as I chair this subcommittee." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher S. Bond, Bob Graham, James M. Inhofe, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Pete V. Domenici, Steven M. Fetter, Joe F. Colvin, Nils Diaz, Greta Joy Dicus, Shirely Ann Jackson, Gary L. Jones, David Lochbaum, Edward McGaffigan, Jr., Jeffrey S. Merrifield, James T. Rhodes, and Jeff Sessions.

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S. Hrg. 106-39; Senate Hearing 106-39
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