NRC Commissioners emphasize need for stakeholder input as next step in agency's post-Fukushima review

At a 19 July 2011 public meeting, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) was briefed by the agency's Near-Term Task Force that is reviewing the implications of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. The briefing provided insights into the likely direction of NRC actions for U.S. nuclear power plants. Significantly, the Commissioners emphasized the importance of receiving stakeholder input as a key next step before the Commission could fully evaluate the six-member Task Force's findings and recommendations. Commissioner Svinicki called the report an "important but early step" in her opening remarks, that must be "open to challenge by wider groups before Commission consideration." Thus, reactor licensees and other stakeholders should be prepared to take an active role in providing input on these important issues.

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