U.S. NRC Blog, Oct. 4, 2013: As you may know, the NRC has been operating largely normally this week using “carryover” funds in the absence of an appropriation. Based on our current projections, however, we do not believe the agency can continue to operate beyond the middle of next week [~Oct. 9]. [...] Meetings scheduled for next week are in the process of being cancelled or postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience we know this is causing. [...] It is possible that circumstances will require additional NRC employees to perform excepted functions, for example, in an emergency event requiring NRC response. If that situation arises, additional NRC employees who are required to perform excepted functions will be contacted [...] It is illegal for employees who are furloughed to perform agency work. So once the NRC begins furloughs, most employees will not be coming to the office, taking work phone calls, or reading or responding to email messages. [...] While the NRC website will remain up, it may not be updated once a furlough has started. [...] We sincerely regret these actions are necessary and are eager to resume our important mission as soon as possible.
CNN, Oct. 7, 2013: The federal shutdown is about to hit those who keep an eye on the nation’s 100 commercial nuclear power plants. [...] Nuclear industry watchdogs said the furloughs were cause for concern. “Yes, I am worried,” said Ed Lyman, senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. [...] Lyman said furloughs will stall changes the NRC is making in response to the Fukushima disaster in Japan. “But the most acute issue is assuring that the operating reactors” are safe. “I’m not expecting overnight that it’s going to be a collapse of safety,” he said. “You can only hope for the best that a situation doesn’t occur during this time.”
U.S. NRC Press Release, Oct. 4, 2013: [...] Additional meetings scheduled throughout October and early November may also be affected if the current federal government shutdown continues. [...] the NRC expects its funds to run out by the middle of next week [~Oct. 9]. [...]
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Published: October 8th, 2013 at 5:56 am ET