Senator Barbara Boxer blasts NRC for “scandalous” response to Fukushima

On December 3, 2014 Senator Boxer had the newly re-constituted NRC Commissioners before the Environment and Public Works Committee once again to find out what they’ve learned from Fukushima close to 4 years on. Sadly, the chart she displayed last June, which makes clear that the industry has thus far done nothing, was displayed again, for nothing has changed but the window dressing. Outgoing NRC Chair Macfarlane speaks proudly (16:05) about the NRC’s policy to allow staff to disagree with senior staff, conveniently ignoring the fact that three quarters of NRC employees who participated in an internal survey said they received poor performance reviews after registering formal objections to agency decisions.
Senator Edmund Markey can be seen (beginning about 16:45) explaining that the NRC is in violation of the law by refusing to provide documents to the senate.

On June 4, 2014, Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, blasted the NRC’s “scandalous” response to their own ‘Fukushima task force’ recommendations in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi triple-reactor meltdown Wednesday, saying the NRC had yet to require U.S. nuclear plant operators to implement a single recommendation from the report.

In an oversight hearing of the EPW Committee attended by the five members of the commission, Boxer introduced this exhibit:

Senator Boxer scores the NRC on it's response to the recommendations of the Fukushima Task Force

Senator Boxer scores the NRC on it’s response to the recommendations of the Fukushima Task Force

It seems the Senator has given the Commission a “F” on its report card for “lessons learned” from the disaster.

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