Regulatory Meltdown, Staff of Congressman Edward J Markey (D-MA), Dec. 9, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with senior NRC staff, to delay the release of and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima
It is clear from a review of emails and other documents that some of the Commissioners [...] worked with some NRC staff to alter the materials the Commission would be asked to vote on. They also attempted to delay its release both to Congress and the public.
Although the NRC had already rejected Commissioner Magwood’s proposal to publicly release the Near-Term Task Force report only after it had been approved (and, presumably, edited) by a majority of the Commissioners, Commissioner Magwood began to attempt to prevent its release to Congress and the public anyway.
On the evening of July 12, the chiefs of staffs of all NRC Commissioners were sent a copy of the draft press release on the NRC Near-Term Task Force report that was to be sent the following day, although typical Commission procedure states that circulation of such drafts an hour in advance is recommended as a “collegial practice.” Early the next morning, Commissioner Magwood sent his comments to Chairman Jaczko, stating that “someone reading this would think that every reactor in the country is a time bomb waiting to go off” and that the press release was “almost breathless.” The other three NRC Commissioners were copied on this email, and Commissioner Svinicki quickly echoed Commissioner Magwood’s views. Commissioner Magwood referred to the draft press release as “irresponsible” in an email to Commissioner Ostendorff
Published: December 14th, 2011 at 1:43 pm ET
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