Full text of Markey’s letter
Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee,“There is absolutely no reason why the NRC’s deliberations should be shrouded in the type of secrecy that characterized the old Soviet Politburo,” Markey wrote in the letter. “As an independent regula
today sent a letter toNuclear Regula tory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, calling for the Commission toopen its decision-making process topublic examination. Unlike other independent regula tory agencies, the Nuclear Regula tory Commission does not vote in public. tory agency operating in a democracy, the Commission has an obligation toconduct, the public’s business in public tothe fullest extent possible.”
Markey also expressed concerns about the use of notation voting, through which Commissioners privately circulate different versions of written decisions along with their “yes” or “no” vote. This practice has greatly curtailed the ability of the public
tohear open debate on critical issues affecting nuclear reac tors, materials, and waste regulation.
“Members of Congress must cast their votes in public, and there is no reason why the NRC cannot join other independent regulaIn 2005, Markey offered an amendment
tory agencies in doing the same,” Markey wrote. tothe Energy Advancement and Conservation Act toencourage the NRC toeither hold more public meetings or for the results of non-public meetings tobe made public, consistent with the requirements of the Sunshine Act, which sets public transparency standards for federal agencies.