A Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear oral arguments on petitions for an adjudicatory hearing on Interim Storage Partners' license application for an interim facility to store spent nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas.
Under the proposed agreement, Vermont would accept responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection, and enforcement activities related to industrial, medical, and academic uses of radioactive material. However, by law, NRC would retain jurisdiction over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
"Our investigation revealed a long chain of failures which resulted in this fatal event, including deferring much-needed process improvements, improvements that could have prevented the toxic release," said CSB Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski.
The commission's order approving the license transfer takes effect immediately, but the license transfer won't be finalized until the successful completion of the transaction involving Exelon, OCEP, and HDI.
"Providing workers with a safe and healthful workplace is required of every employer," said OSHA Area Director Christopher Robinson in Pittsburgh, Pa. "This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had followed safety processes to control the release of gases from highly hazardous chemicals."
The proposed legislation would authorize PHMSA to use non-financial incentives to pipeline operators that voluntarily exceed the minimum federal pipeline safety regulations to ensure operating safety and reliability.