"An open rulemaking process allows plant owners to complain that the gains [the NRC seeks] are burdensome and that there isn't much in the way of safety gains. At the end of the day, rulemaking defines the proper height of the safety bar." If the NRC skips that, they are depriving the plant owners of their legal right to say this is too burdensome, and equally depriving the public of the right to argue for more protection, he said.
"Why does it take so many years to do a rulemaking?" Lochbaum asked. The NRC is able to expedite licensing issues. "Do they have to take multiple years on the safety side to play paper-rock-scissors?
"You can do it in a rulemaking in a timely manner. So the process is important. Rather than use orders to short circuit, fix the process."
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