March 14th, 2011 – NRC Staff are not equipped with enough information to comment or answer questions on the event and should not speculate

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From: Flanagan, Michelle
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 11:24 AM
To: Aissa, Mourad; Algama, Don; Esmaili, Hossein; Flanagan, Michelle; Lee, Richard;
Notafrancesco, Allen; Raynaud, Patrick; Salay, Michael; Scott, Harold; Wagner, Katie
Cc: Voglewede, John
Subject: Important information from branch chief’s meeting

FSTB,

At this morning’s branch chief meeting, Michael Scott requested that staff be notified of the following guidance.

Staff are requested to direct any inquiries on the events in Japan – from the press, public or anyone else – to OPA. We are not equipped with enough information to comment or answer questions on the event and should not speculate. This guidance is not intended to have staff be evasive, but rather to maintain effectiveness in
communication with information that is confirmed to be accurate.

Also, if you are asked to provide support in any way to NRC’s response to the events, it is the top priority. If your support of the response would impact other, time sensitive work, please speak with Michael Scott.

Thank you,
Michelle Flanagan
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(301) 251-7547

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