Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Preventing Problem Plants Requires More Effective Action by NRC: T-RCED-98-252

Jones, Gary
July 1998
GAO Reports;7/30/1998, p1
Government Document
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for ensuring that the nation's 103 commercial nuclear power plants operate in a manner that adequately protects public health and safety. Identifying nuclear plants with safety problems and ensuring that their owners correct safety problems promptly are essential to NRC's safety mission. These responsibilities become even more critical as NRC begins to regulate in an environment of electricity deregulation. This testimony, which draws on the findings of a May 1997 GAO report (GAO/RCED-97-l45), discusses how NRC defines nuclear safety, some of the causes for weaknesses in NRC's oversight of problem nuclear plants, and the challenges ahead for NRC safety regulation.


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