Last week, as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I held a hearing to ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is implementing its safety recommendations for the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. These important recommendations are based on an expert review of the lessons learned following the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. At the hearing, I emphasized the importance of implementing all of the safety recommendations as soon as possible.
I also pressed the NRC Commissioners who testified at the hearing on the need to ensure that the NRC identifies the reasons for the safety problems that resulted in the San Onofre nuclear power plant's shutdown. The Commissioners committed to me that they would not allow either reactor at the San Onofre plant to be restarted until and unless it was safe to do so. I will continue to conduct oversight on this important issue at San Onofre as the NRC's investigation on nuclear safety continues.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer