Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 110: Commission on Nuclear Safety

Date: 08/01/1974
Issuer: Francis W. Sargent

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WHEREAS, Nuclear power plants may become the principal source of electricity for the people of the Commonwealth within the next decade;

WHEREAS, Two nuclear power plants now operate in the Commonwealth;

WHEREAS, The lives and property of many of the people of the Commonwealth could be destroyed by an accident in, or the sabotage of a nuclear plant and could be threatened by the theft of radioactive materials; and

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth should strengthen its capability to protect the health and safety of its citizens from the potential hazards of existing and future nuclear power plants;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Francis W. Sargent, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

(1) There shall be a Commission on Nuclear Safety, herein- after called the Commission, comprised of the Commissioner of Public Health and eight other members, some of whom shall be knowledgeable about nuclear physics and engineering, radiation biology, environmental protection, public policy formulation, or public safety. The Governor shall from time to time designate one of the members to serve as chairman. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their service but may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in rendering such service.

(2) The Commission shall conduct a study of the Commonwealth's role in assuring the safety of nuclear power plants, giving particular attention to:

a. the transfer and storage of radioactive materials,

b. power plant equipment and operational procedures,

c. power plant emissions,

d. power plant security, and

(3) The Commission may, as provided by law, receive appropriations from the Commonwealth and seek and accept grants of funds from any public or private source. The Commission may, as provide by law, make such expenditures and employ such staff as are necessary for the performance of its functions.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 1st day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and seventy-four and the year of the independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.



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