Senator Rails Against NRC Information-Sharing Practices

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) speaks during a hearing on sexual assaults in the miitary March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The hearing on sexual assault was before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Personnel Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 22, 2013, 3:40 a.m.

At a hear­ing con­vened Thursday by the Sen­ate En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, Chair­wo­man Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., railed against the Nuc­le­ar Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion for im­ple­ment­ing a change to its in­form­a­tion-shar­ing prac­tices, The Hill re­ports.

“Without no­ti­fy­ing our com­mit­tee and, I be­lieve, act­ing out­side the NRC’s au­thor­ity, the com­mis­sion is­sued a new policy with sub­stan­tial hurdles and delays that could even be used to with­hold in­form­a­tion en­tirely from the chairs and the rank­ing mem­bers of over­sight com­mit­tees,” Box­er said dur­ing the hear­ing.

Rep­res­ent­at­ives from the NRC did not have a chance to re­spond to Box­er’s com­ments, however, as the hear­ing was ad­journed for a Sen­ate vote on the “nuc­le­ar op­tion.”

NRC Chair­wo­man Al­lis­on Mac­far­lane told re­port­ers after the hear­ing that the agency is will­ing to com­ply with any re­quests to share in­form­a­tion with the com­mit­tee and that she be­lieves there has been a mis­un­der­stand­ing that should be cleared up shortly.


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