When the five members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, they will not be speaking as a unified body. Since the NRC task force released its report on what changes should be implemented at American reactors to prevent a Fukushima-like catastrophe on U.S. soil, the committee has been publicly split and struggling on how to respond. The NRC chairman and another commissioner formed a two-person minority, calling for decisions on the recommendations within 90 days, while a three-member majority opposed swift action, saying they lacked sufficient basis to alter nuclear standards.
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The committee chairman, Gregory Jaczko, has been outspoken in his support of the task force's recommendations to establish a uniform framework of regulations, while Commissioner William C. Ostendorff told the NYT, "I personally do not believe that our existing regulatory framework is broken."