In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) efforts to provide the public with reasonable assurance that nuclear power plants operate safely, specifically how NRC: (1) minimizes the risks associated with operating the plants; (2) enforces its safety standards; and (3) finds violations of the standards.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Nuclear Regulatory Commission||1. The Chairman, NRC, should develop guidelines to use as a framework in deciding the types and degree of safety problems that constitute undue risk such that NRC would consider shutting a plant down.|
|Nuclear Regulatory Commission||2. The Chairman, NRC, should develop annually consolidated information for all operating plants showing the status of corrective actions planned or taken by the utilities.|