Oversight Hearing: NRC's Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century: Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, September 12, 2012 [open pdf - 399KB]
This testimony compilation is from the September 12, 2012 hearing, "Oversight Hearing: NRC's Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. From the opening statement of Barbara Boxer: "Today, the Environment and Public Works Committee is holding its seventh oversight meeting on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan in March 2011. The consequences of the terrible events in Japan have prompted us to rethink how to ensure safety at the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. Last year, the NRC created a Task Force to review our nation's safety requirements, and that Task Force made 12 recommendations to help prevent a similar disaster at nuclear facilities in the U.S. Earlier this year, the NRC sent three orders to nuclear plants requiring high-priority safety improvements: the acquisition and protection of emergency equipment, better monitoring of spent fuel pools, and improved venting at boiling water reactors to help maintain containment in the case of an emergency. The NRC also directed nuclear plants to take other actions, including reanalyzing earthquake and flooding risks and reassessing their ability to safely operate following such events. In addition, the Commission issued two notices of proposed rulemaking: one concerning steps that plants should take if they lose electric power, and the other on ways to improve nuclear plants' emergency procedures." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Barbara Boxer, Thomas R. Carper, James M. Inhofe, Allison M. Macfarlane, Kristine L. Svinicki, George Apostolakis, William D. Magwood, IV, and William C. Ostendorff.
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