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Basically this appears to be a reminder that foreigners shouldn’t be illegally working at US nuclear power stations, and that it is the responsibility of the nuclear power station owner to not take the word of the contractor and check for themselves, well before the worker arrives. It is a good opportunity for Americans to tell the NRC that you don’t want foreign nationals working in nuclear power stations, and any exceptions should have high security clearance. This is especially true for unescorted access.

The deadline was extended to June 15, 2020:
Clarification of Personnel Access Authorization Requirements for Non-Immigrant Foreign Nationals Working at Nuclear Power Plants Due Apr 30 2020, at 11:59 PM ET ID: NRC-2020-0073-0001 Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0001

Foreign Nationals shouldn’t even be allowed unescorted access to nuclear power stations, and really no access. And, yet, we learn that foreign nationals have been allowed unescorted access, apparently to work, who don’t even have a work permit! Any foreign nationals who work at a nuclear power station should have high security clearance. The NEI document upon which some background check is based is apparently not made public. We hope that this is because it involves using intelligence sources to check out foreign workers, along with Interpol checks. https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1120/ML112060032.pdf https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1120/ML112060028.pdf

Furthermore, those who already have unescorted access should be double checked, and not grandfathered in.

Now is a good time to remember that the US has a sitting US Senator whose uncle – up until very recently- advised the Goverment of India on nuclear defense matters, and who -God forbid- risks becoming VP: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/why-did-kamala-harris-lie-and-tell-biden-that-her-uncle-was-a-journalist-mathematics-when-he-advises-the-government-of-india-on-defense-especially-nuclear-matters

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) to reinforce the existing requirement that prior to granting or reinstating unescorted access (UA), or certifying unescorted access authorization (UAA) to non-immigrant foreign nationals for the purpose of performing work, licensees shall take reasonable steps to access reliable, independent sources of information, in addition to the information provided by the applicant, to verify the applicant’s claimed non-immigration status…

The NRC, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has identified several instances where a licensee has failed to appropriately verify, in the case of foreign nationals seeking UA and/or UAA, that the claimed non-immigration status that the individual has provided is correct. Consequently, foreign nationals have been granted UA and UAA at United States nuclear power plants for the purpose of work using visa categories that do not permit foreign nationals to work in the United States.
The NRC issues RISs to communicate with stakeholders on a broad range of matters. This may include communication and clarification of NRC technical or policy positions on regulatory matters that have not been communicated to or are not broadly understood by the nuclear industry
.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0001

One comment:
RE: FR Doc No: 2020-06473
II. Background
The NRC, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security,
has identified several instances where a licensee has FAILED to
appropriately verify, in the case of foreign nationals seeking UA and/
or UAA, that the claimed non-immigration status that the individual has
provided is correct. Consequently, foreign nationals have been granted
UA and UAA at United States nuclear power plants for the purpose of
work using visa categories that DO NOT permit foreign nationals to work
in the United States.

The NRC and DHS cannot allow this!
Foreign nationals do not necessarily care about the health and safety of the United States. Such foreign nationals are highly susceptible to being enticed to imperil the US nuclear industry for monetary or political gain. aka, espionage.

These “licensees” should loose their status, be fined and imprisoned for so callously jeopardizing the safety of the United States’s nuclear industry, its citizenry and its mere existance. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0003

The problem:
REGION II FACILITY
A joint investigation by OI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, substantiated an allegation that an access manager at a Region II facility deliberately violated NRC regulations and licensee procedures by granting a foreign national unescorted access to the Region II nuclear facilities and deliberately created incomplete and inaccurate access records that are material to the NRC.

The evidence also showed that another foreign national deliberately submitted inaccurate information on the personal history questionnaire, causing the licensee to submit incomplete and inaccurate unescorted access authorization records that are material to the NRC.

The results of this investigation remain under regulatory review by the NRC staff.https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2005/ML20054A170.pdf

The original pdf without highlights is found here: https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=NRC-2020-0073-0002&contentType=pdf




https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=NRC-2020-0073-0002&contentType=pdf

NB: This goes in the general direction of our suspicions that illegal workers could have been used to clean up the WIPP nuclear waste accident and then thrown back across the border.