Infighting at US nuclear agency detailed

December 10, 2011 06:51

WASHINGTON - There were new allegations on Friday of misconduct at the highest levels of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as Democrats and Republicans in Congress separately released information about infighting at the agency.

Democratic Representative Edward Markey made public a 23-page report accusing four of the five NRC commissioners of trying to impede US nuclear safety reviews following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

"The actions of these four commissioners since the Fukushima nuclear disaster has caused a regulatory meltdown that has left America's nuclear fleet and the general public at risk," said Markey, a Democrat.

Markey, who has offered legislation to tighten nuclear power plant safety controls following the Fukushima meltdown last March, said NRC Commissioners William Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis engaged in a "concerted effort" to "undermine" a task force studying new safety steps for the US nuclear power industry.

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