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Senate Energy Committee Member Meeting on Fukushima

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the one that has jurisdiction over both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, held a Member Meeting to hear updates from both agencies regarding the ongoing nuclear messiness at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.  You will recall that three of the six units at the plant were damaged following a tsunami on March 11th which, in turn, was caused by a massive 9.0 earthquake.  The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is still struggling to get the situation under control.

The two panels, convened today on the Hill, had the following witnesses:
Panel 1
Senate Energy Committee Member Meeting on Fukushima Dr. Peter Lyons – Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Senate Energy Committee Member Meeting on Fukushima Mr. Bill Borchardt, Executive Director for Operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Panel 2
Senate Energy Committee Member Meeting on Fukushima Mr. David Lochbaum – Director, Nuclear Power Project, Union of Concerned Scientists
Senate Energy Committee Member Meeting on Fukushima Mr. Anthony R. Pietrangelo – Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute

Testimony and an archive of the webcast can be found here:

http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=e8a6b69c-9a06-a2e4-eb1e-2ed705f85bd6

 

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Jodi Lieberman

Jodi Lieberman is a veteran of the arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety trenches, having worked at the Departments of State, Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also served in an advisory capacity and as professional staff for several members of Congress in both the House and Senate as well as the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Jodi currently spends her time advocating for science issues and funding as the Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the American Physical Society. The views expressed in her posts are her views based on her professional experience but in way should be construed to represent those of her employer.

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