Energy partner and former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Jeff Merrifield recently spoke at the annual American Nuclear Society meeting on the topic, “Reinvigorating the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by Reflecting on its Mission.”

In his remarks, Merrifield urged the NRC to provide assistance, clarifications and guidance to applicants.

“The NRC was created to be independent from licensees, the White House, Congress, the public, the states, non-governmental organizations, and yes, independent of the NRC staff,” he said. “The job of a commissioner is to make tough decisions, much like that of an umpire, and while each member of the Commission should listen to a diversity of voices, at the end of the day the call that they make must be independent from all outside influence.”

To read the full speech, click here.