An Office of the Inspector General audit that looked at the NRC’s compliance with its regulations related to preparing environmental impact statements went public today.
The audit – formally titled Audit of NRC’s Compliance With 10 CFR Part 51 Relative to Environmental Impact Statements — set out to determine whether the NRC complies with its regulations. The OIG identified areas of noncompliance with 10 CFR Part 51 related to disclosure and public involvement, specifically, publishing a record of decision, the format of environmental impact statements, and completing all scoping requirements for all environmental impact statements.
While NRC management officials stated they believe the agency’s NEPA implementation activities have been fully compliant with the relevant regulations, management also stated it will consider OIG’s recommendations as part of the agency’s continuous improvement efforts.
The NRC’s OIG is an independent, objective office tasked with auditing NRC programs and operations with a focus on — among other things — detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.