Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and ranking member of the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the committee's hearing on President Obama’s budget request for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"Thank you, Chairman Inhofe, for convening this hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) fiscal year 2016 budget. I'd like to welcome back the NRC commissioners to the committee and welcome Chairman Burns to his first hearing before us as chairman of the NRC.

"For this country to meet its climate and clean air goals, we must have nuclear in the energy mix. And in order to do that, we must ensure we have a safe nuclear industry here at home and around the world.

"Fortunately, the NRC is considered the gold standard when it comes to nuclear safety regulatory agencies. As a result, we have some of the safest nuclear plants in the world.  However, with nuclear safety we can never rest on our laurels. Science and technology are constantly evolving and, in response, the NRC must adapt to ensure the public continues to be protected. I believe the NRC is up to the challenge. 

"Today we have the opportunity to hear how the NRC is using its budget to update our nuclear safety regulations to ensure accidents like Fukushima don't happen on American soil and address the many other challenges faced by the commission on a day to day basis. I look forward to today’s dialogue with the commission and my colleagues."