Senators float bill to prevent vacancies on nuke commission

The legislation would allow commissioners to continue to serve on the NRC until new members are confirmed in order to avoid vacancies. NRC is one of just a handful of independent agencies without such a provision, Webb and Alexander said.

“The work of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is too important to our nation’s safety, security, and clean electricity supply to allow long vacancies between appointments, as we’ve seen in the past when the commission of five has dwindled to a commission of three,” Alexander said in a statement.

The NRC is made up of five commissioners that serve five-year terms.