NRC Furloughed During Shutdown

From the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Website (www.nrc.gov):

Due to the lapse in government funding, the NRC’s website was last updated on October 9, 2013, and will not be updated until further notice. Normal business activities (including public meetings) are suspended. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.

According to the NRC’s shutdown plan, approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the agency will retain about 300 of its current 3,900 employees for “excepted functions” during a lapse of appropriations. Of that number, roughly half are resident inspectors assigned to reactor and fuel facilities. The rest are staff necessary to respond to emergency situations at NRC-licensed facilities. For updates on the status of the NRC, please go to the agency blog. For information about the status of the federal government, go to www.opm.gov

From the agency blog (http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/):

In addition, we’ve had to temporarily suspend action on all pending licensing or enforcement matters before the licensing boards or Commission, with the exception of those related to the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding (as that work is funded by the Nuclear Waste Fund, not the general agency appropriation.) Those litigants have all been notified.

Now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission often bows down to the nuclear industry, it is at least some form of accountability to the nuclear industry. While its likely nuclear energy and weapons production will be around for a long time, they have still not figured out a permanent plan for the waste byproducts that will last forever and remain dangerous.

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About elloborojo

Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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