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Homes sit next to the Exelon Bryon Nuclear Generating Stations in Bryon, Ill.

Homes sit next to the Exelon Bryon Nuclear Generating Stations in Bryon, Ill.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the nation’s one hundred nuclear reactors, has announced it will temporarily close its doors on Wednesday evening, due to the government shutdown. Safety operations will not be affected.

The NRC had stashed a little bit of extra money from the previous fiscal year to carry it through the first week of the shutdown. That cash ran out today, and all but 300 of the agencies 3,900 employees will be furloughed starting tomorrow. Those who remain on duty include on-site inspectors at all of the nation’s nuclear reactors and a small emergency-response staff.

NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane says safety oversight at operating reactors will not be affected: “The agency will maintain our watchfulness of the reactors,” she told NPR in an interview. “But we won’t be doing much…

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