Hurricane Sandy’s wrath shows that U.S. regulators should swiftly implement nuclear-safety rules developed after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, a top lawmaker said, as industry officials said the lack of major problems during the storm showed that they were ready.
U.S. energy industries that receive government support including ethanol, wind and nuclear will probably suffer in the near future from the nation’s worsening fiscal position, the head of a nuclear-energy industry group said.
House Republicans are set to play a familiar theme this week before heading out to campaign for the November election, trying to head off rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said he is resigning, as lawmakers, colleagues and an independent watchdog criticize what they said is a bullying style and mistreatment of female employees.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.’s application for the first licenses to build reactors in more than 30 years, with the chairman’s dissenting vote sparking new controversy over whether safety upgrades are needed after Japan’s 2011 disaster.
Nuclear-power companies are “jumping the gun” on enhancing reactor safety to pre-empt rules set by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in response to a disaster in Japan, the Union of Concerned Scientists said.