Society News Archive

22 May 2013
NRC to Discuss Post-Fukushima "Regulatory Framework"

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will meet with interested parties 5 June 2013 to discuss the staff's progress in implementing a recommendation to revise the NRC's regulatory approach in light of the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011.

The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Room 1C03 of the NRC's Three White Flint building at 11601 Landsdown Street, just off Marinelli Road in Rockville, Maryland. NRC staff members will explain their current efforts to respond to Commission direction on implementing the Japan Near-Term Task Force's Recommendation 1, which calls for developing a regulatory framework that appropriately balances requirements for multiple safety measures with consideration of unlikely, high-consequence events.

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Recommendation 1 effort during the meeting, which will include a teleconference and webinar. Those planning to attend the meeting or who need teleconference and webinar information should contact Brian Wagner at 301-251-7595 or by 31 May to ensure adequate resources are available.

The NRC's Japan Near-Term Task Force examined issues raised by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011. The NRC continues to evaluate and act on the Task Force's recommendations to ensure U.S. nuclear power plants implement appropriate safety enhancements. Following direction from the agency's five Commissioners, the NRC's activities are being led by a steering committee of senior NRC management. The agency has also established the Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate, a group of more than 20 full-time employees focused exclusively on implementing task force recommendations and related activities.