NRC's Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force: Recommendations and Other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, January 30, 2014 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the January 30, 2014 hearing "NRC's Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force" held before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of James M. Inhofe: "It was in 2003, when I was chairman of this committee, that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC] asked Congress for a bigger budget to build a new building and add significantly to its staff to support the expected approval of four design certifications for new reactor designs and 17 Construction and Operating License Applications (COLAs). Now, 10 years later, the NRC has only approved one design certification and two COLAs. The NRC's workload did not increase the way that it was expected, but the Commission still increased its staff by almost 30%. This is very concerning to me because over the past few years the Commission has been developing sweeping new regulations that impose draconian costs on the industry without producing sufficient benefits. It is as if the NRC, with its new building and all of its new people, has been using its spare time to come up with new things the nuclear industry must do to maintain compliance with the law. NRC has done this most clearly in its reaction to Fukushima. While it is reasonable for us to review what went wrong there and make sure we aren't vulnerable to the same problems, it is not reasonable for the NRC to use the disaster to justify new, expensive rules that do not reduce risk. I question whether the NRC is still employing its own 'Principles of Good Regulations.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Allison M. Macfarlane, Kristine L. Svinicki, George Apostolakis, William D. Magwood, IV, and William C. Ostendorff.
S. Hrg. 113-744; Senate Hearing 113-744
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