Congress to review NRC headquarters lease

NRC headquarters Rockville, Maryland Congress review lease

The lease on new headquarters of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is being reviewed by a House of Representatives subcommittee, after the projected hiring spree that justified the new office space failed to happen, Washington Business Journal reports.

As the country seemed poised for a nuclear renaissance the NRC in began hiring more employees in 2005, anticipating a wave of new reactor applications that never came. As a result of its expected growth, the commission began the process of expanding into new office space. The move into the new space at Three White Flint, a $131 million building developed for the commission in Rockville, MD, began earlier this year.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management has launched the congressional probe into the NRC’s growing footprint. The NRC may be forced to vacate its office space at Two White Flint when that lease expires at the end of December.

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