BOSTON- On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Sen. Dan Wolf (D-Harwich) will participate in a public U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) meeting on Power Reactor Decommissioning Rulemaking. Invited to participate by the NRC, Wolf will speak to the advance notice of proposed rulemaking on regulatory improvements for decommissioning power reactors. The meeting will take place at the NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.
Senator Wolf will present as part of a national panel of representatives of states and localities with decommissioning plants or plants that have announced planned closures.
In October 2015, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station owner Energy Corp. announced that will close its aging plant in Plymouth by 2019. The decommissioning process will be lengthy and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
"As our nuclear fleet ages and retires, how the NRC oversees decommissioning will become an increasingly important part of their job," said Wolf. "The regulations now being discussed will define that job in the years ahead, and play a crucial role in protecting the health, safety, and economic well-being of every community that hosts a nuclear power plant. So I'm very pleased to be able to offer insights and suggestions drawn from our collective experience with Pilgrim."
Wolf will join three other panel members in offering their perspectives on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Other panel members are: Paul Baldauf, Director, Division of Energy Security and Sustainability, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission; and Florida State Representative Dwight Dudley.
A live webcast, that will be made available on the day of the event, can be found at the following link: http://video.nrc.gov/. Further information about the NRC meeting can be found here.