Executive Order 12130
PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON THE ACCIDENT AT THREE MILE ISLAND
the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution of the United
States of America, and in order to provide, in accordance with the
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 1), an
independent forum to investigate and explain the recent accident at the
nuclear power facility at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, it is hearby
ordered as follows:
1-101. There is established the President's Commission on the Accident
at Three Mile Island.
1-102. The membership of the Commission shall be composed of not more
than twelve persons appointed by the President from among citizens who
are not full time officers or employees in the Executive Branch. The
President shall designate a Chairman from among the members of the
1-201. The Commission shall conduct a comprehensive study and
investigation of the recent accident involving the nuclear power facilit
on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. The study and investigation shall include:
(a) a technical assessment of the events and their causes;
(b) an analysis of the role of the managing utility;
(c) an assessment of the emergency preparedness and response of the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other Federal, state and local
(d) an evaluation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing,
inspection, operation and enforcement procedures as applied to this
(e) an assessment of how the public's right to information concerning
the events at Three Mile Island was served and of the steps which
should be taken during similar emergencies to provide the public with
accurate, comprehensible and timely information; and
(f) appropriate recommendations based upon the Commission's findings.
1-202. The Commission shall prepare and transmit to the President and to
the Secretaries of Energy and Health, Education and Welfare a final
report of its findings and recommendations.
1-301. The Chairman of the Commission is authorized to appoint and fix
the compensation of a staff of such persons as may be necessary to
discharge the Commission's responsibilities, subject to the applicable
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and Title 5 of the
United States Code.
1-302. To the extent authorized by law and requested by the Chairman of
the Commission, the General Services Administration shall provide the
Commission with necessary administrative services, facilities, and
support on a reimbursable basis.
1-303. The Department of Energy and the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the
availability of funds, provide the Commission with such facilities,
support, funds and services, including staff, as may be necessary for
the effective performances of the Commission's functions.
1-304. The Commission may request any Executive agency to furnish such
information, advice or assistance as it deems necessary to carry out its
functions. Each such agency is directed, to the extent permitted by law,
to furnish such information, advice or assistance upon request by the
Chairman of the Commission.
1-305. Each member of the Commission may receive compensation at the
maximum rate now or hereafter prescribed by law for each day such member
is engaged in the work of the Commission. Each member may also receive
travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence (5 U.S.C.
5702 and 5703).
1-306. The functions of the President under the Federal Advisory
Committee Act which are applicable to the Commission, except that of
reporting annually to the Congress, shall be performed by the
Administrator of General Services.
Final Report and Termination.
1-401. The final report required by Section 1-202 of this Order shall be
transmitted not later than six months from the date of the Commission's
1-402. The Commission shall terminate two months after the transmittal
of its final report.
/s/ Jimmy Carter
April 11, 1979