A recent report on CNN (t/h to brother Tim) states that:
(CNN) — The federal shutdown is about to hit those who keep an eye on the nation’s 100 commercial nuclear power plants.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it expects to furlough some 3,600 employees at the close of business on Thursday if Republicans and Democrats in Congress still have not resolved their impasse over federal spending.The 300 essential personnel who would stay on include about 150 so-called “resident inspectors.”
The article goes on to say that workers will be called back if an accident occurs.
Over at the FAA the Wall Street Journal reports that:
With nearly one-third of the FAA’s overall 46,000 work force still on furlough, agency and union officials expect further staffing increases to ensure adequate day-to-day oversight of airlines,
The message seems clear: air safety of planes is essential, and nuclear safety is non-essential.
One hears of workers in other countries who continue to go to work despite the fact that they are not being paid. Are the workers prohibited from working, or are they being told that they will not be paid? What about the conscientious worker who was working on a safety issue and was then sent home?
- Nuclear regulators to be furloughed as part of shutdown (vtdigger.org)
- Starting tomorrow, we’re down 90 percent of our nuclear safety regulators (salon.com)
- NRC cancels another Diablo Canyon meeting because of shutdown (sanluisobispo.com)