Aug 10, 2011: MARKEY STATEMENT ON NRC CHAIRMAN JACZKO VOTE ON FUKUSHIMA TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Congressman introduced legislation to require the NRC to put in place better safety regulations, including improvements recommended by task force
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement today after Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Greg Jaczko released his vote on the Fukushima Near Term Task Force recommendations.

“I commend NRC Chairman Jaczko for his vote in support of the recommendations made by the Near Term Task Force, whose six members had a collective 135 years working for the NRC. Chairman Jaczko also is right to call for an up-or-down vote by the rest of the Commission on the recommendations within 90 days of the Task Force report. Unfortunately, Commissioners Magwood, Ostendorff, and Svinicki have voted not to vote on the Task Force’s common-sense recommendations. Instead, they are asking other NRC staff to waste time further studying recommendations already made by the senior NRC staff assigned to evaluate the problem. This is not the time for the endless delay and studies of studies called for by Commissioners Magwood, Ostendorff, and Svinicki. It is urgent that the NRC address vulnerabilities to America's nuclear fleet that were starkly revealed by the Fukushima disaster. The Task Force’s recommendations would go a long way towards ensuring the safety of America's 104 nuclear reactors if only Commissioners Magwood, Ostendorff, and Svinicki would take the same position as Chairman Jaczko.”


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