Nuclear Agency Scientists Blast Bosses Over Yucca Decision .
WASHINGTON -- Technical experts at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission blasted the agency's top official and senior staff members, saying the agency's leadership had suppressed information about a controversial decision to stop the scientific review of a Nevada waste disposal site.
Apparently, the NRC's senior leadership is ineffective in upholding the integrity of this agency," wrote Aby Mohseni, acting director of the agency's Division of High-Level Waste Repository Safety, in prepared testimony. "Politics are influencing some of the NRC's staff's work."
A spokesman for the NRC declined to comment.
Mr. Mohseni wrote that the scientists were directed by "some senior NRC managers" not to make any recommendations to the commission, which votes on policy matters, but rather to simply report the status of their work, "leaving the burden of discovery on individual commissioners." The managers, he wrote, "directed the staff to suppress information
." Another of the scientists, Janet Kotra, said in her testimony that Mr. Jaczko had "explicitly" directed staff to terminate their safety review, "yet on multiple occasions I was prohibited from including in the status report any declarative statement to that effect."
Managers insisted on changes that would make the report "grossly misleading," Ms. Kotra wrote.
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- politics should not have any bearing on nuclear safety. It's pretty plain that it does.