In the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant,
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) issued a report, numerous letters and introduced
legislation all aimed at highlighting potential safety vulnerabilities and accelerating the
implementation of the needed safety enhancements. Congressman Markey was particularly
concerned that the Commission was moving too slowly to adopt these new measures.
The review of these materials indicates that:
1. Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise impede the creation of the
NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima.
2. Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with senior NRC staff, to delay
the release of and alter the NRC Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima.
3. The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise impede the
adoption of the safety recommendations made by the NRC Near-Term Task Force on
4. NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners fully informed
regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims to the contrary made by these
5. A review of emails and other documents indicates high levels of suspicion and hostility
directed at the Chairman.
6. The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not the only safety-related issue
that the other NRC Commissioners have opposed.
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