Two U.S. senators with oversight authority over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have asked agency Chairman Stephen Burns to provide monthly progress reports on several matters of regulatory concern to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).
“During the oversight work done by this committee, each of us have raised issues that warrant further action,” Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) wrote in a Dec. 21 letter to Burns.
“In this letter we will revisit several of these issues, which oftentimes appear inconsistent with the NRC’s Principles of Good Regulation. We will also set out our expectations for the NRC to report routinely to the committee on actions to correct these and other problems.”
Inhofe chairs the EPW committee and Capito sits on its Clean Air and Nuclear Safety subcommittee.
The letter comes in response to a NRC public meeting last July and an accompanying letter from Burns which noted that the NRC staff had not identified “any substantive issues or recommendations … that would require new plans for additional NRC action.”
The senators challenged this assertion, saying that the agency and its staff need to improve in various areas and become more proactive overall.