Report to the Congress from the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents

Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents

Chairman
Steve C. Griffith, Jr.

Members
Gerald G. Fain
Kenneth R. Feinberg
S. Robert Foley
Theodore J. Garrish
John J. Kearney
William F. Kennedy
Arthur W. Murphy
Norman C. Rasmussen
Raymond W. Stahl

Executive Director
Jerome Saltzman

August 20, 1990

The Honorable J. Danforth Quayle
President of the Senate
United States Senate
SD-202

Washington, D.C. 20510-0010

The Honorable Thomas S. Foley
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
H-204 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515-6501

Gentlemen:

The Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents herewith submits its final report as required by the 1988 amendments to the Price-Anderson Act, Public Law 100-408.

The Congress created the Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of appropriate means of fully compensating victims of a catastrophic nuclear accident that exceeds the aggregate public liability. in the statute (approximately $7.3 billion).

During its existence, the Commission, assisted by its small staff and three consultants, has heard from a broad spectrum of witnesses to add to its considerable expertise in fields relating to its topic.

The recommended system is divided into three categories: civil procedures, claim priorities and latent injury. The Commission believes its system would promptly, fairly and equitably compensate those injured by a major nuclear accident. In order to implement the recommendations of the Commission, statutory implementation is desirable to ensure that the best possible system is in place in the event of such an accident. However, the Commission has also provided suggestions for compensation under the current statute.

We thank you for the opportunity to serve the Congress. It is our hope this report will be useful; we stand ready to assist Congress in any way possible.

Sincerely,

Steve C. Griffith, Jr.
Chairman

Kenneth R. Feinberg
Member

Theodore J. Garrish
Member

William F. Kennedy
Member

Norman C. Rasmussen
Member

Gerald G. Fain
Member

S. Robert Foley
Member

John J. Kearney
Member

Arthur W. Murphy
Member

Raymond W. Stahl
Member


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