The bill is introduced several weeks after the confirmation of William Ostendorff to a second term was blocked.

US-Senate-SealSens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation aimed at ensuring that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission operates at full capacity in the event that a nomination is held up in the Senate.

The legislation would allow commissioners to continue to serve on the NRC until new members are confirmed in order to avoid vacancies. NRC is one of just a handful of independent agencies without such a provision, Webb and Alexander said.

“The work of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is too important to our nation’s safety, security, and clean electricity supply to allow long vacancies between appointments, as we’ve seen in the past when the commission of five has dwindled to a commission of three,” Alexander said in a statement.

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Source: Andrew Restuccia | The Hill
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