Supplemental View by John G. Kemeny
The Commission considered
three different possible recommendations for a temporary halt on
construction permits. Eight different Commissioners voted for at least one
of these proposals. Unfortunately, we could not agree on the appropriate
criteria for such a halt. Our reasons for failure to reach agreement are
complex and may be found by examining the transcripts of our meetings of
October 16, 20, and 21.
following proposed recommendation was discussed extensively by the
new construction permits should be issued until the reports and
recommendations of this Commission, the NRC self-evaluation, and the
Congressional investigations are complete and until the President and
Congress have had an adequate opportunity to consider such
recommendations, including the recommendation to restructure the NRC.
was one of six Commissioners who voted in favor of this recommendation;
four voted against it and two abstained. I very much regret that this
important recommendation failed to obtain the seven-vote majority
necessary to adopt it.
was also one of four Commissioners who voted for a stronger version of the
John G. Kemeny
October 25, 1979