On December 1, our Washington, DC, office hosted an all-day roundtable where Morgan Lewis lawyers, in-house counsel, and business leaders from companies involved in nuclear energy decommissioning met to discuss key issues and best practices for large nuclear decommissioning projects.
Employers, including those in the energy industry, should note that on November 22, a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction halting on a national basis all but a few parts of the US Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) salary basis requirement for the primary overtime exemptions that were scheduled to take effect December 1.
The November 8 US presidential election results will bring new faces and policies to the energy world in January 2017 when the 115th Congress convenes and President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President–Elect Mike Pence are sworn into office.
On November 16, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) held a public meeting at its headquarters to discuss rulemaking activity and public views on the role of third parties in licensee access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations.
On November 9, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Staff held a public meeting to discuss how the NRC plans to optimize the safety review process applicable to subsequent license renewal (SLR) applications—the third such public meeting on this important topic.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on November 7 a number of changes to the NRC Enforcement Policy (Policy). This Policy update involves a significant change in the way the NRC implements its enforcement mandate.
On October 28, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published the Decommissioning Lessons Learned report.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently announced that it will hold a public meeting titled The Role of Third Parties in Access Authorization and Fitness-for-Duty Determination. The meeting will take place at NRC headquarters on November 16, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The rulemaking on this topic will eventually resolve whether third parties, or only licensees, can make final determinations on who may have unescorted access to nuclear reactor plants.
October 10 was the deadline for five states to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, which implements federal standards for tamper-proof identification documents, such as driver’s licenses.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has issued a plan to revise 10 CFR 30.35 to require licensees that possess radioactive sealed sources with Category 1 or 2 quantities of byproduct material (such as cobalt-60, iodine-131, cesium-137, and americium-141) to provide financial assurance for the sources’ disposal.