NRC and the nuclear industry to continue dialogue on Japan Task Force recommendations

The NRC has spent several weeks laying the groundwork for carrying out several recommendations of the agency’s Japan Near-Term Task Force, which looked at issues raised by the Fukushima nuclear accident in March. We’ve reached the point where we’re ready to start discussions with industry representatives and the public on how to best implement each of the recommendations.

The staff will hold its first implementation meeting this Thursday, Dec. 1, to discuss the recommendations that were subsequently categorized as “Tier 1,” or those to be implemented without unnecessary delay. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Room T2B3 of the Two White Flint North building at 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. Visitors must use the NRC’s main entrance in the One White Flint North Building at 11555 Rockville Pike.

The staff and industry representatives will discuss the general approach to implementing the “Tier 1” recommendations. The public will have the opportunity to ask the NRC staff questions about the process during the meeting, which will be webcast. You can also participate by phone — call 888-469-1349 and use passcode 2977606.

The NRC will hold more meetings to lay out initial schedules and milestones for specific recommendations. The first few of these meetings have tentatively been scheduled at NRC Headquarters for Dec. 15; Jan. 5 and 19, 2012; and Feb. 2, 2012. Notices for these meetings will be posted on the NRC’s public meeting schedule.

The task force issued its report and recommendations on July 12. The Commission directed the staff to identify which recommendations could be implemented without unnecessary delay, and the staff responded with a proposal Sept. 9. The Commission provided direction to the staff on Oct. 18 on how to carry out the proposal.

Scott Burnell
Public Affairs Officer

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

This is always a meaningful time, at the very beginning of the traditional holiday season, to sit down to a special meal with friends and family — and to remember the early years of this country and all our nation has successfully accomplished over the years. We have much to be grateful for, even amidst the challenges we face today.

I am personally thankful for the talented workforce we have here at the NRC. They work hard every day to make sure this nation uses nuclear materials in a way that keeps us and our environment safe. I am especially grateful for their vigilance and dedication after the events earlier this year. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan brought out the best in them. They demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond. Fukushima helped remind the people at the NRC why they do what they do.

I am pleased to extend to you, on behalf of myself and the whole NRC family, wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving and an enjoyable holiday season.

Gregory Jaczko
Chairman, NRC