From the Chairman: Getting Back to Work

Allison Macfarlane 
Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

With the government shutdown over, at the NRC we are back in business and getting back up to speed with our work. We want to welcome back our thousands of employees who endured the furlough and thank those who kept the mission essential functions of the NRC operating during this period.

There are many questions to be answered in the coming days, such as when will various meetings we had to postpone be rescheduled, and so on. We are working as rapidly as possible to get answers to those questions and encourage you to check our public meetings page  for the latest information. We are lifting the suspension on adjudications.

The Waste Confidence meetings seeking public input on this important topic resume their regular schedule the week of Oct. 28.

A great deal of our important work has gone undone over the past week or so. We recognize it will take some time to get us back to normal – to catch up with the mail, to reschedule meetings, rebook travel and plow through the in-basket. While we all want to be back to normal quickly, we need to work through the backlog in a careful and deliberate manner. It will take us a few days to get services such as our website caught up.

Thank you for your patience and it’s good to be back.