Potential government budget cuts at the end of the year won't lead to furloughs or pay reductions in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has a budget of about $1 billion, Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said in a meeting with agency employees. Macfarlane also said she is focused on reviewing policies associated with the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan and the possible impact of natural disasters on nuclear plant regulation. "We need to be proactive in understanding how the Earth is changing," she said.

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