GAO Report: NRC Needs Increased Funding to Handle Heavier Workload
From the AP:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's ability to hire enough workers to manage the expected onslaught of new nuclear reactor applications will be crippled without increased funding, a report by the investigative arm of Congress says.
NRC Chairman Dale Klein said he, too, was concerned about the agency's ability to handle the license requests unless it receives more money from Congress. Without a new budget, the agency will be $95 million, or 12 percent, short.
"It will slow (the licensing) down," he said in an interview.
A Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday examined his agency's workforce challenges.
"The funding and full-time equivalent restrictions ... would have a crippling impact on our ability to manage human capital," Klein wrote in a response included in the GAO report released Wednesday.