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What are the NRC staff recommendations for scaling back nuclear reactor inspections 

NRC Staff Recommends Scaling Back Reactor Inspections    07/18/2019 | Sonal Patel   For an in-depth analysis – read this article:

Next Steps and Pushback

The recommendations will need approval by the NRC’s commissioners. Three of the four confirmed commissioners are President Trump appointees—Chair Kristine Svinicki, Annie Caputo, David A. Wright. Only one is an Obama appointee—Jeff Baran. One seat in the five-member commission remains vacant.

However, as the Associated Press reported on July 17, and as notes in the document show, the recommendations were reached after considerable disagreement. The Associated Press quoted Baran as saying, “NRC shouldn’t perform fewer inspections or weaken its safety oversight to save money.” Baran urged the NRC to give the public an opportunity to discuss before it decides  on whether to approve the changes. 

—Sonal Patel is a senior associate editor at POWER (@sonalcpatel, @POWERmagazine)

July 20, 2019 - Posted by | safety, USA

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