March 17th, 2011 – To Keep Operations Normal As Possible – Or Postpone Public Meetings That Haven’t Already Been Noticed

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From: Borchardt, Bill
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:34 PM
To: Landau, Mindy; Virgilio, Martin; Weber, Michael; Ash, Darren
Cc: Muessle, Mary; Andersen, James
Subject: RE: Concerns by Office of Public Affairs

I’m certainly willing to discuss this, and while I think they raise a good question I believe that we should make every reasonable attempt to keep our domestic activities as normal as possible. Having said that, if the key staff are not available for a meeting due to ops center impacts, etc I believe that would be an appropriate basis for postponement. Arming our staff with a few key talking points on Japan and pointers to where interested stakeholders can get additional information would have to be sufficient.

From: Landau, Mindy
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:02 PM
To: Borchardt, Bill; Virgilio, Martin; Weber, Michael; Ash, Darren
Cc: Muessle, Mary; Andersen, James
Subject: Concerns by Office of Public Affairs

I just had a meeting with Holly Harrington, who brought up some issues that I think merit consideration. With the onslaught of interest in the event, we probably should give some thought to postponing any public meetings coming up in the next couple of weeks that haven’t already been noticed, and that aren’t particularly time significant. The end-of-cycle meetings may not fall in this category, but other meetings may be able to be postponed.

We can expect a large media contingent at any public meeting we hold over the next few weeks, and OPA is not staffed up enough to make PAOs available for these meetings, because of the response to the Japanese events. They haven’t been able to issue press releases on normal activities at all (like regular public meetings) because of all the press/public interest.

If we decide to delay these meetings we would want to include those at HQ and the Regions.


Mindy S. Landau
Deputy Assistant for Operations
Communication and Performance Improvement
Office of the Executive Director for Operations
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555
[email protected]

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