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Black, Kenneth E., Nuclear Energy Property Insurance Association.-
workers Union of America--
Sigal, Benjamin, general counsel, International Union of Electrical, Radio,
and Machine Workers, AFL-CIO_-
Stevens, Stoddard, of Sullivan and Cromwell, accompanied by George C.
American Mutual Insurance Alliance -
STATEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD
American Gas & Electric Co.--.
American Public Power Association..
Chamber of Commerce of the United States.--
Commonwealth Edison Co-----
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Edison Electric Institute-
National Association of Insurance Agents---
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association -
Pennsylvania Power & Light Co-----
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FURNISHED FOR THE
AEC research and development projects on reactor hazards descrip-
Rating Bureau, letter from, to Joint Committee, regarding rates, rating
Norris, Jr., counsel, JCAE, regarding policy to be issued by stock and
reports of power reactors, AEC comments on.-
Hon. Carl T. Durham, setting forth NAM's comments on S. 715 and
to George Norris, Jr., regarding estimates of the payroll of conventional
steam plants for purpose of estimating general liability premiums---- 87
which would establish criteria as to the location and other safety ar-
T. Durham, relative to release of information on Godiva incident.--. 44
menting on S. 715 and H. R. 1981, and the Reactor Safeguards Com-
157, 158, 160
Nuclear energy liability policy----
General Manager, AEC, concerning arrangements and scope of AEC's
S. 715 (H. R. 1981), a bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954_
Analysis of proposed redraft of S. 715 (H. R. 1981) --
Standards for Protection Against Radiation, title 10, chapter I, part 20
(Federal Register, January 29, 1957).
GOVERNMENTAL INDEMNITY AND REACTOR SAFETY
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 1957
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,
Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m., in room 362, Old House Office Building, Representative Carl T. Durham, of North Carolina (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Durham, Holifield, Price, Kilday, Cole, Van Zandt, and Jenkins; Senator Anderson.
Also present: James T. Ramey, executive director; George E. Norris, Jr., committee counsel, and George E. Brown, Jr., David R. Toll, Hal Hollister, professional members of the staff.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order.
This is the first day of public hearings by the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy on proposed legislation to provide governmental indemnity against reactor hazards. Specifically, the committee will consider H. R. 1981, introduced by Representative Price, and S. 715, introduced by Senator Anderson. These bills are identical with the committee bill reported out in the last session of Congress, with the addition of some minor changes which were adopted by the committee as an amendment to the original committee bill.
Extensive hearings were held in the last session on this proposed legislation, during which much of the basic ground was covered. I believe the most productive way to proceed in the current hearings is to avoid repetition of the matters which were adequately covered in the previous hearings and confine the discussion to changes in the proposed legislation which are considered necessary. In addition, the committee would like to receive information on matters which were inadequately touched upon in the last session, or were not covered at all.
In particular, the committee believes it important to develop information on private insurance rates and the type of coverage which will be available to various groups such as industry, educational institutions, and nonprofit research organizations. The committee is also looking forward to developing more definitive information on the probabilities of reactor accidents and possible extent of damage. I am glad to report, in this connection, that the committee has received over the weekend a comprehensive study on this matter which it had requested from the Atomic Energy Commission last summer.
I might emphasize, at this point, that the chief reason the committee asked the Commission to make this study was to assist in setting the whole matter in better perspective. The committee has been con