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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is mandated by Congress to ensure that the nuclear industry is safe. Instead, the NRC routinely puts the nuclear industry's financial needs ahead of public safety. Beyond Nuclear has called for Congressional investigation of this ineffective lapdog agency that needlessly gambles with American lives to protect nuclear industry profits.

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Wednesday
Jul122017

Senate panel approves Trump EPA, nuke agency nominees

As reported by The Hill:

A Senate committee on Wednesday cleared three Trump administration nominees to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), sending them to the floor for consideration.

The Environment and Public Works Committee approved Annie Caputo and David Wright to serve as members of the NRC on Wednesday. If they are confirmed by the full Senate, the NRC would have a full slate of five members.

Caputo is a senior adviser to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and a former official at Exelon Corp., which operates more nuclear plants than any other U.S. company. The committee cleared her nomination on a bipartisan 15-6 vote. [This means that four Democratic members of the EPW Committee voted in favor of Caputo's confirmation, while all Republican members did so as well.]

Wright is a former South Carolina Public Service Commission member. The committee approved his nomination on a 12-9 vote. [The Hill's vote count here appears to be in error. Barrasso's own press release actually reported the vote as 11 to 10. This means that all Republican members voted in favor of Wright's confirmation, while all Democratic members voted against. So far, Beyond Nuclear can confirm that Sen. Harris (D-CA) voted against both nominees. The committee clerk has not posted the vote counts, so we cannot list which of the four Democrats voted in favor of Caputo's nomination, above. As soon as the information becomes available, we will post it here.]

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Kristine Svinicki for NRC Chairman, and Caputo and Wright for NRC Commissioners.

Beyond Nuclear also sent letters to EPW Committee members, urging no votes against both Caputo's and Wright's confirmation, on the eve of the business meeting vote. Here for example is a copy of Beyond Nuclear's letter to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat-New York).

Caputo's and Wright's nominations now move to the full Senate floor for up or down votes.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Senate EPW Committee to vote on confirmations of Caputo and Wright to NRC Commission

As posted at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee website.

At a morning business meeting today, EPW was scheduled to vote on the confirmations of Annie Caputo and David Wright to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Donald J. Trump nominated Caputo and Wright to fill empty Republican slots on the NRC Commission.

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Kristine Svinicki for NRC Chairman, and Caputo and Wright for NRC Commissioners.

Monday
Jun262017

Kristine Svinicki confirmed by U.S. Senate to serve as NRC Chairman for next five years

As reported on the website of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Svinicki's for NRC Chairman.

Thursday
Jun222017

Barrasso: Confirm Kristine Svinicki to Continue Serving as Member of the NRC

As posted on the website of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, by its pro-nuclear power chairman, John Barasso (Republican Senator from Wyoming, a state with a uranium mining industry).

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the June 13th EPW Committee confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations, including Svinicki's for NRC Chairman.

Tuesday
Jun132017

Senate EPW Committee considers Trump nominations of Svinicki, Caputo, and Wright for NRC Commission

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Republican-Wyoming, a state with a uranium mining industry), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued an opening statement for the hearing to consider the confirmations of three U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners, nominated by Donald J. Trump: Kristine Svinicki; Annie Caputo; and David Wright.

Barrasso also posted this:

"What They Are Saying...Broad Support for EPA and NRC Nominees"

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations.