S. Hrg. 116-12: Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, April 2, 2019 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the April 2, 2019 hearing on "Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission" held before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of John Barrasso: "In 2018, nuclear energy generated a record breaking amount of electricity in the United States. Regrettably, last year's record will not be broken again unless we take dramatic action. Two nuclear power plants will close this year. An additional eight reactors are expected to close between 2020 and 2022. We need to work to reverse this trend. Shuttering nuclear plants not only reduces the amount of dependable energy produced, it also increases a plant's regulatory costs since fewer plants are available to fund the Commission's work. In this regard, I am pleased the Commission has submitted a smaller budget that reflects the reduced workload. I encourage the Commission to continue to find ways to make their work more efficient. For example, the Commission staff should focus their efforts on issues of greatest safety significance. This would not only reduce budgetary demands, it would also allow nuclear reactor operators to focus on the most important safety issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kristine Svinicki, Jeff Baran, Stephen Burns, Annie Caputo, and David Wright.
S. Hrg. 116-12; Senate Hearing 116-12
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