New Report Details Scheme to Delay US Nuclear Safety in Wake of Fukushima

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released a report detailing how four commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) worked to delay new nuclear safety regulations following the Fukushima meltdowns. Congressman Markey requested all documents relating to the events of Fukushima and the NRC’s response to the meltdown. The report provides a summary of the information obtained which includes: voting records, reports, emails, correspondence, memoranda, phone or meeting minutes and other materials.

Key findings found in this review include:

“1. Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima.
2. Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima.
3. The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima.
4. NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these Commissioners.
5. A review of emails and other documents indicates high levels of suspicion and hostility directed at the Chairman.
6. The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed.”

A copy of the report “Regulatory Meltdown: How Four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima” can be found here

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