I have spent the past several hours viewing and clipping highlights from an extraordinary hearing conducted yesterday by the House Oversight Committed on “Leadership at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission”. If you want a similar experience, you can find the complete hearing video – of both panels – at http://youtu.be/qEduKirfpTY.
In the next several days, I may find a few more clips that I think are particularly worth sharing, but I thought I would start with the following opening statement from William Ostendorff, CAPT USN (Ret), a man with deep and wide experience in nuclear energy, leadership, management, and government affairs.
After watching that statement, I hope you understand just how stressed the situation is.
If you watch the entire hearing, you will realize that a primary decision challenge for the President is that Chairman Jaczko has ignored repeated warnings and indications of significant problems of leadership, judgment and management. He is a man who will not admit that he would like to change anything about the way he has done his job over the past two and half years. As discussed near the end of the hearing, there is little basis for mediation when one party in the dispute does not admit any desire to change.