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by the Commission. The Commission shall forward to the Congress o report under this section prior to February 1, 1979, as a separate document, and prior to February 1 of each succeeding year as a separate chapter of the Commission's annual report (required under section 307 (c) of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974) following the fiscal year to which such report applies.".

Sec. 7. The Commission is authorized and directed to undertake a comprehensive review of the existing process for selection and training of members of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Boards, including, but not limited to, the selection criteria, including qualifications, the selection procedures, and the training programs for Board members The Commission shall report to the Congress on the findings of such review by January 1, 1970, and shall revise such selection and training process as appropriate, based on such findings.

Sec. 8. (a) Chapter 14 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 is amended by adding the following new section at the end thereof:

"Sec. 170A. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST RELATING TO CONTRACTS AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

"2. The Commission shall, by rule, require any person proposing to enter into a contract, agreement, or other arrangement, whether by competitive bid or negotiation, under this Act or any other law administered by it for the conduct of research, development, evaluation activities, or for technical and management support services, to provide the Commission, prior to entering into any such contract, agreement, or arrangement, with all relevant information, as determined by the Commission, bearing on whether that person has a possible conflict of interest with respect to

"(1) being able to render impartial, technically sound, or objective assistance or advice in light of other activities or relationships with other persons, or

“(2) being given an unfair competitive advantage. Such person shall insure, in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Commission, compliance with this section by any subcontractor (other than a supply subcontractor) of such person in the case of

any subcontract for more than $10,000. ". The Commission shall not enter into any such contract agreement or arrangement unless it finds, after evaluating all information provided under subsection a. and any other information otherwise available to the Commission that,

"(1) it is unlikely that a conflict of interest would exist, or

“(2) such conflict has been avoided after appropriate conditions have been included in such contract, agreement, or arrangement; except that if the Commission determines that such conflict of interest exists and that such conflict of interest cannot be avoided by including appropriate conditions therein, the Commission may enter into such contract, agreement, or arrangement, if the Commission determines that it is in the best interests of the United States to do so and includes appropriate conditions in such con

tract, agreement, or arrangement to mitigate such conflict. "c. The Commission shall publish rules for the implementation of this section, in accordance with section 553 of title 5, United States

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Code (without regard to subsection (a) (2) thereof) as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this section, but in no event later than 120 days after such date.”.

(b) The table of contents for such chapter 14 is amended by adding the following new item at the end thereof: "Sec. 170A. Conficts of interest relating to contracts and other arrangements.".

Sec. 9. The Commission shall monitor and assist, as requested, the Monitoring and International Fuel Cycle Evaluation and the studies and evaluations assistance, of the various nuclear fuel cycle systems by the Department of Energy reports to in progress as of the date of enactment, and report to the Congress Congress, semiannually through calendar year 1980 and annually through 42 USC 2153 calendar year 1982 on the status of domestic and international evaluations of nuclear fuel cycle systems. This report shall include, but not be limited to, a summary of the information developed by and available to the Commission on the health, safety and safeguards implications of the leading fuel cycle technologies.

Sec. 10. Title II of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof a new section to read as follows:

“EMPLOYEE PROTECTION "Sec. 210. (a) No employer, including a Commission licensee, an 42 USC 5851. applicant for a Commission license, or a contractor or a subcontractor of a Commission licensee or applicant, may discharge any employee or otherwise discriminate against any employee with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because the employee (or any person acting pursuant to a request of the employee)

"(1) commenced, caused to be commenced, or is about to commence or cause to be commenced a proceeding under this Act or the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or a proceeding 42 USC 2011 for the administration or enforcement of any requirement imposed note. under this Act or the Atomic Energy of 1954, as amended;

“(2) testified or is about to testify in any such proceeding or;

"(3) assisted or participated or is about to assist or participate in any manner in such a proceeding or in any other manner in such a proceeding or in any other action to carry out the purposes of this Act or the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. “(b) (1) Any employee who believes that he has been discharged Complaint, filing or otherwise discriminated against by any person in violation of sub- and notification. section (a) may, within thirty days after such violation occurs, file (or have any person file on his behalf) a complaint with the Secretary of Labor (hereinafter in this subsection referred to as the 'Secretary') alleging such discharge or discrimination. Upon receipt of such a complaint, the Secretary shall notify the person named in the complaint of the filing of the complaint and the Commission.

“(2)(A) Upon receipt of a complaint filed under paragraph (1), Investigation and the Secretary shall conduct an investigation of the violntion alleged notification. in the complaint. Within thirty days of the receipt of such complaint, the Secretary shall complete such investigation and shall notify in writing the complainant (and any person acting in his behalf) and the

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person alleged to have committed such violation of the results of the investigation conducted pursuant to this subparagraph. Within ninety days of the receipt of such complaint the Secretary shall, unless the proceeding on the complaint is terminated by the Secretary on the basis of a settlement entered into by the Secretary and the person alleged to have committed such violation, issue an order either pro

viding the relief prescribed by subparagraph (B) or denying the comNotice and plaint. An order of the Secretary shall be made on the record after hearing. notice and opportunity for public hearing, The Secretary may not Settlement.

enter into a settlement terminating a proceeding on a complaint with

out the participation and consent of the complainant. Relief.

"(B) 'If, in response to a complaint filed under paragraph (1), the Secre ary determines that a violation of subsection (a)

has occurred, the Secretary shall order the person who committed such violation to (i) take affirmative action to abate the riolation, and (ii) reinstate the complainant to his former position together with the compensation (including back pay), terms, conditions, and privileges of his employ. ment, and the Secretary may order such person to provide compensatory damages to the complainant. If an order is issued under this paragraph, the Secretary, at the request of the complainant shall assess against the person against whom the order is issued a sum equal to the aggregate amount of all costs and expenses (including attorneys' and expert witness fees) reasonably incurred, as determined by the Secretary, by the complainant for, or in connection with, the bringing of the complaint upon which the order was issued.

"(c)(1) Any person adversely affected or aggrieved by an order issued under subsection (b) may obtain review of the order in the United States court of appeals for the circuit in which the violation, with respect to which the order was issued, allegedly occurred. The petition for review must be filed within sixty days from the issuance

of the Secretary's order. Review shall conform to chapter 7 of title 5 5 USC 701 et seq. of the United States Code. The commencement of proceedings under

this subparagraph shall not, unless ordered by the court, operate as a stay of the Secretary's order.

“(2) An order of the Secretary with respect to which review could have been obtained under paragraph (1) shall not be subject to judicial

review in any criminal or other civil proceeding; Jurisdiction. "(d) Whenever a person has failed to comply with an order issued

under subsection (b)(2), the Secretary may file a civil action in the United States district court for the district in which the violation was found to occur to enforce such order. In actions brought under this subsection, the district courts shall have jurisdiction to grant all appropriate relief including, but not limited to, injunctive relief, compensatory, and exemplary damages.

"(e) (1) Any person on whose behalf an order was issued under paragraph (2) of subsection (b) may commence a civil action against the person to whom such order was issued to require compliance with such order. The appropriate United States district court shall have jurisdiction, without regard to the amount in controversy or the citizenship of the parties, to enforce such order.

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"(2) The court, in issuing any final order under this subsection, may Litigative costs. award costs of litigation (including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees) to any party whenever the court determines such award is appropriate.

a(i) Any nondiscretionary duty imposed by this section shall be enforceable in a mandamus proceeding brought under section 1361 of title 28 of the United States Code.

“(g) Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any employee who, acting without direction from his or her employer (or the employer's agent), deliberately causes a violation of any requirement of this Act or of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended.".

42 USC 2011 Sec. 11. The Commission shall report to the Congress on January 1, note. 1979, and annually thereafter on the use of contractors, consultants Report to and the National Laboratories by the Commission. Such report shall Congress, include, for each contract issued, in progress or completed during fiscal 42 USC 2205a. year 1978, information on the bidding procedure, nature of the work, amount and duration of the contract, progress of work, relation to previous contracts, and the relation between the amount of the contract and the amount actually spent.

Sec. 12. (a) The Commission, in cooperation with the Department Authority of Energy, is authorized and directed to conduct a study of extending extension, study. the Commission's licensing or regulatory authority to include cate- 42 USC 5842 gories of existing and future Federal radioactive waste storage and note. disposal activities not presently subject to such authority.

(b) Each Federal agency, subject to the provisions of existing law, Cooperation. shall cooperate with the Commission in the conduct of the study. Such cooperation shall include providing access to existing facilities and sites and providing any information needed to conduct the study which the agency may have or be reasonably able to acquire.

(c) On or before March 1, 1979, the Commission shall submit a Report to report to the Congress containing the results of the study. The report Congress. shall include a complete listing and inventory of all radioactive waste storage and disposal activities now being conducted or planned by Federal agencies.

Sec. 13. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no author. ity to make payments under this Act shall be effective except to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in advance in appropriation Acts. Sec. 14. (a) Any person, agency, or other

entity proposing to develop Waste storage or a storage or disposal facility, including a test disposal facility, for disposal facility high-level radioactive wastes, non-high-level radioactive wastes includ- planning, ing transuranium contaminated wastes, or irradiated nuclear reactor notification. fuel, shall notify the Commission as early as possible after the com

42 USC 202la. mencement of planning for a particular proposed facility. The Commission shall in turn notify the Governor and the State legislature of the State of proposed situs whenever the Commission has knowledge of such proposal.

(b) The Commission is authorized and directed to prepare a report Suate on means for improving the opportunities for State participation in participation, the process for siting, licensing, and developing nuclear waste storage report.

or disposal facilities. Such report shall include detailed consideration of a program to provide grants through the Commission to any State, and the advisability of such a program, for the purpose of conducting an independent State review of any proposal to develop a nuclear

waste storago or disposal facility identified in subsection (8) within Submittal with such State. On or before March 1, 1979, the Commission shall submit legislative the report to the Congress including recommendations for improving recommendations the opportunities for State participation together with any necessary to Congress. legislative proposals.

Approved November 6, 1978.

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