DOE, NRC whistleblower bill reintroduced in Senate

October 7, 2021, 6:59AMNuclear News


A bipartisan quartet of senators last week reintroduced legislation aimed at protecting employees of the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who report nuclear safety violations.

The bill—straightforwardly titled the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 2896)—is sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) and cosponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), James Lankford (R., Okla.), and Ron Wyden (D., Ore.). Duckworth had introduced the legislation twice before, in May 2018 and May 2019.