Speaking before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee September 12, Allison Macfarlane, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, pledged that she will work toward implementing all post-Fukushima safety reforms for American nuclear power plants within five years. During the hearing, Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) indicated that she would keep pressure on the commission to make sure that they implement the reforms by 2016; additional hearings on safety reforms and waste disposal are in the works.