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By Published On: November 6, 2014

New Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Stephen Burns was sworn in Nov. 5. Burns is a 33-year staffer and most recently filled the post of general counsel for the agency. He was also the chair’s right-hand person on the use of emergency authority in the weeks after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, as well as being involved with the decision to terminate the Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository licensing process. State policy makers Nov. 6 instituted a rulemaking that “increases public access” to safety related documents, according to regulators. Data would be more, or less, available from the California Public Utilities Commission, depending on the angle. San Bruno called it a “deceptive” move that would force anyone who challenges a lack of documents to appeal either in the state Supreme Court or an appellate court. The commission is set to contemplate the change in public access rules in the future.

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