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An Open Forum Now Available

The NRC welcomes comments on the topics we’re blogging about. But we realize there are other topics you might want to talk about. This post serves as the Open Forum section of the NRC Blog. You may post comments here on any topic relevant to the role and mission of the NRC. Comments here are still moderated and must adhere to the Comment Guidelines. If we determine a comment on another post is more appropriate here, we’ll move it over. This post will stay open for comments and not be subject to the 30-day comment period of other posts. You can always find this post by clicking on the Open Forum category on the side bar.

Holly Harrington
NRC Blog Moderator

371 responses to “An Open Forum Now Available

  1. Jessie Collins January 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Which reactors have shown interest in applying for a Second License Extension?

  2. Dave Dayanan December 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    This is great. This leads to transparency on the part USNRC, that means they are dead serious on their job.

  3. Amanda Reese June 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    With record amounts of rainfall on the east coast how did nuclear power plants there fare? Nuclear plants don’t fare well with too little or too much water. I am surprised I did not see a post from the NRC about how they were sending additional NRC inspectors to these plants in advance as you have done before previous adverse weather events. As if additional regulators makes a nuclear plant safer. (:-)

  4. Mike Mulligan May 1, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Has your blog changed in the Trump era? I sense it has gotten a lot quieter.

    • NRC May 2, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for your comment. We are in the process of evaluating all of our social media tools to make sure we are using them in the most effective ways.

      NRC Moderator

  5. NeedMoreNukes January 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Thank you NRC for alerting me by email that the comment by ‘Anonymous’ was moved to this open forum. You not only alerted me but provided the entire text of Anonymous’ comment. Has this always been your practice? I thought your past practice was to just move a comment to the open forum without any notice being sent to blog participants. I really like what you are doing now, perhaps what you have always been doing, as it demonstrates an important characteristic of an open & transparent agency willing to listen even to differing points of view. A very healthy thing in my opinion.

    • Moderator January 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

      You received the automatic notification from WordPress, per, presumably, your request to follow the Open Forum comments.


  6. Anonymous January 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    SHUT PILGRIM! Having a tin roof over over-packed fuel rods elevated into the skies which are fly-over terrain for Boston’s Logan Airport as well as being flown over daily by commercial & private planes WITH NOP AIR SPACE SECURITY IS INSANE….We either die by negligent maintance, flooding from Cape Cod Bay, boats being loaded with explosives & sent unmanned into the plant,or that unprotected air space being usedas target practice by some nutcase….we on Cape Cod HAVE NO ESCAPE!!! Neither does Boston & the hundreds of miles surrounding the plant…SHUT PILGRIM NOW!! NRC DO YOUR JOB!!! WE ARE SHOWING UP ON JAN 31!! BE READY FOR SERIOUS QUESTIONS!!!

    Lillia Frantin

    Note: Moved by the Moderator to adhere with blog comment guidelines.

  7. Half-TruthSlayer January 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    As a taxpayer-funded federal agency I hope the NRC staff is shrinking as more & more nuclear power plants shutdown permanently, most prematurely since they simply no longer can compete with cheaper natural gas-fired generating plants. How many jobs at the NRC have been eliminated and how many more reductions in staff are anticipated? As payroll is a significant part of the agency’s budget, how much has the NRC annual fiscal budget been reduced as a result? Has the NRC instituted a hiring freeze to help effect these staffing reductions?

  8. Anonymous January 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I seem to notice that the current NRC staffing is comprised of many young smart people but that actual hands on experience in the areas they are regulating may be very low. The NRC should initiate ways to get hands on experience to their regulators. The standard 1 or 2 week cram training course along with a accompaniments and study does not really prepare NRC staff to adequately regulate many of our highly technical and complex licensees!


    Note: Moved by the moderator to adhere to blog comment guidelines

    • Moderator January 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      The NRC has robust training and qualification programs that include many hours of formal training, individual study activities and on-the-job training prior to performing regulatory functions; even then, supervisors and senior regulatory personnel provide coaching and mentoring throughout a staff member’s career.

      Jennifer Golder
      Chief Learning Officer
      Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer

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