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Official Transcript of Proceedings

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

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ET TABLE BACKUP 2 AUDIO FILES

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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NRC-4222

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

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[O%F6%#$L00665094] [CONFERENCE CALL INITIATED:] MALE PARTICIPANT: Operations Center. I help you? MICHAEL WEBER: Mike Weber calling. MALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER: Steve Burns, please? Steve Burns -- stand by. Thank you. You're welcome, sir. Hi, Mike. Hi. How are you? This is This is This is the NRC How may

(indiscernible).

Can you catch me through to

MALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER:

MALE PARTICIPANT: [PAUSE. ] MALE PARTICIPANT: office or his BlackBerry? MICHAEL WEBER:

Okay,

do you want his

His office. Okay. Here you go.

MALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER: [PAUSE.] FEMALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER: Hi.

Thanks.

Hello?

FEMALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER: Yeah.

Mr.

Weber?

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FEMALE PARTICIPANT: Hi, Steve is over in

[ADO's] office in a meeting,

in an alignment meeting.

Do you want me to go get him? MICHAEL WEBER: Oh, no, it isn't worth that.

Are Marv or Tripp around? FEMALE PARTICIPANT: MICHAEL WEBER: [PAUSE.] MICHAEL WEBER: Charlie, now is not a good Let me check; hold on.

Thank you.

time, l(b)(5)
CHARLIE: No. I need to see them. Yeah.

MICHAEL WEBER:
CHARLIE:

I'm waiting --

MICHAEL WEBER: MARV: Hi, Mike.

You're waiting for the call.

MICHAEL WEBER: MARV: Good.

Hi.

How are you?

How are you doing? Good, thanks. Thanks for

MICHAEL WEBER: taking the call, MARV: Mary. Sure.

MICHAEL WEBER:

The reason I'm calling, we the Deputies

got an interagency call this morning,

Committee, and DOJ is going to be standing up what they call the "Lawyers Group." This is an outgrowth of some

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4 1 2 of the senior-level exercises that took place in last year. MARV: 4 5 Okay. So I'm just calling to give the

MICHAEL WEBER:

you a heads-up that you will probably be receiving a call later today, or an email -- and I don't know whether it

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will come to you or to Tripp or to Steve -MARV: Um-hmm.


-to staff this.

MICHAEL WEBER:

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This is emergencies. MARV:

in

response to the Japanese

Um-hmm. And the kinds of issues that

MICHAEL WEBER:

they want to discuss are very relevant to NRC's interests. MARV: Um-hmm. For example, if private

MICHAEL WEBER:

industry officials become embedded in our team over in Japan, what are the implications of that? Does that

mean that they are under our direction? financial obligation?


MARV:

Do we have a

All those sorts of things.


do, do you mean

"Private industry"--

private industry based in

Japan?

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5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 know, agencies, is MICHAEL WEBER: No, private industry here.

Like, for example, if an INPO person goes over and serves with our team on the ground in MARV: Okay. -what are the Japan --

MICHAEL WEBER:

ramifications of that decision? MARV: Okay. Because we are deploying or

MICHAEL WEBER:

working with INPO to identify somebody that could provide that support. MARV: Okay. You know, there's a

MICHAEL WEBER:

clamoring of, of industry, private sector, wanting to provide assistance and support. MARV: Right. Right. And what we're trying to do

MICHAEL WEBER: channel that in And it's as well, MARV:

a particular way. not unique to the NRC. It's other

being coordinated through USAID. yeah. So that's one issue. this question about, you

Um-hmm,

MICHAEL WEBER: Another issue is what is safe. Um-hmm.

MARV:

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6 1 2 3 4 5 MICHAEL WEBER: You know, we have aircrews They're saying, like TSA

that are flying around the Pacific. hey, are we safe? and the airports --

You have people working -are they safe?

So that's, these are some of the issues that this lawyers group would kick around, and provide

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high-level advice back to the White House. MARV: Um-hmm. Okay? Yeah, the, the "safe" issue

MICHAEL WEBER: 10 11 12 1 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Um-hmm. people. MARV: group, and if them. MARV: Yeah. MARV: Yeah.

has come up before. MICHAEL WEBER: Oh, yeah. Yeah. I said, God bless

they can resolve that in four hours,

Yeah, but I, I, if you all have about our people

current questions,

I mean right now,

and what our obligations are, I mean I can answer that now. I could, we could participate in the lawyers I mean, if you have a real question right now

about the safety of our own people. MICHAEL WEBER: No, we are okay with her own

You're okay.

All right, that's good.

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coordinating the federal government view. MARV: lawyers, then. MICHAEL WEBER: MARV: Okay. Okay? Mike. Thank you. Oh, yes. We'll save it, we'll save it for the

MICHAEL WEBER: MARV: Thanks,

MICHAEL WEBER: MARV: bye-bye.

MICHAEL WEBER:

Bye-bye.

[CONFERENCE CALL CONCLUDED.]

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