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June 11, 2013

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Boxer waiting for 'a few more documents' that might clear way for Macfarlane vote
By Nick Juliano | June 11, 2013

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said yesterday she's still waiting on a "handful" of additional documents from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission before she will advance the nominee to lead the agency, despite the announced closure of a controversial nuclear plant that Boxer had criticized.

The California Democrat didn't indicate when she expected to receive the documents she is seeking but said she was hopeful it would be soon, at which point her committee would vote on NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane's nomination to serve a full five-year stint atop the commission.

Boxer said her investigation into a radiation leak at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station would not stop just because Southern California Edison announced Friday it would shutter the plant, which had been offline since the January 2012 leak (Greenwire, June 7).

"We're not stopping our work, because there are real, major problems there in terms of the implications of the way SoCal Edison handled this, and also for other plants across the nation that are going to be modifying," Boxer told reporters in the Capitol. "Because a lot of our plants across the nation are 30, 40, 50 years old, so we really need to know the best way to go for a utility that wants to modernize."

Macfarlane has served as NRC commissioner since last summer, a term that expires at the end of this month. President Obama nominated her in March for a full five-year term.

Boxer has received some documents from NRC relating to her investigation into San Onofre and what Southern California Edison knew before the leak, but she said a "few more documents, just a handful" still needed to be delivered.

"We're very hopeful we get them soon," Boxer said. "As soon as we get them, she'll be up."

 

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