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Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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NRC website casualty of shutdown

If you’re looking for the latest news and reports from the agency that oversees the nation’s 100 commercial nuclear reactors, including North Anna Power Station, don’t bother for now–the website was last updated on Wednesday. Here’s the notice posted on the site:

Due to the lapse in government funding, the NRC’s website was last updated on October 9, 2013, and will not be updated until further notice. Normal business activities (including public meetings) are suspended. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.

According to the NRC’s shutdown plan, approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the agency will retain about 300 of its current 3,900 employees for “excepted functions” during a lapse of appropriations. Of that number, roughly half are resident inspectors assigned to reactor and fuel facilities. The rest are staff necessary to respond to emergency situations at NRC-licensed facilities. For updates on the status of the NRC, please go to the agency blog. For information about the status of the federal government, click here.