[ RadSafe ] Obama to name Reid ally as NRC chairman

Edmond Baratta edmond0033 at comcast.net
Fri May 15 09:22:48 CDT 2009

It was bound to happen.  We now have the 'fox' guarding the henhouse.  Maybe 
they should send the waste to DC, somewhere between the White House and 

Ed Baratta

edmond0033 at comcast.net
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Obama to name Reid ally as NRC chairman

Obama to name Reid ally as NRC chairman
By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
(05-13) 15:44 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
© 2009 Hearst Communications Inc.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday named a former adviser to Senate 
Majority Leader Harry Reid to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, giving 
opponents of a nuclear waste repository in Reid's home state of Nevada 
another well-placed ally.
Gregory B. Jaczko has served on the five-member commission since January 
2005 and, as chairman, will become its official spokesman. The appointment 
does not require Senate confirmation.
The chairman also serves as the NRC's chief executive, overseeing day-to-day 
operations as well as long-range planning.
Four years ago, the nuclear power industry fought Jaczko's nomination to the 
commission. At the time, Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman Steve Kerekes 
said the industry preferred someone who "doesn't come out of the Harry Reid 
school of stymieing Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste management progress."
Now, Jaczko will serve as the industry's primary regulator. There are 104 
nuclear reactors in operation in the U.S.
Jaczko was Reid's appropriations director and top science policy adviser 
before he joined the commission.
Reid also has the support of Obama in doing away with the Yucca Mountain 
repository. Obama's budget calls for providing the project with less money 
and directs that the money be spent on exploring alternatives to the Nevada 
During his tenure on the commission, Jaczko has focused his attention on the 
security of nuclear power plants and emergency preparedness.
Reid applauded the announcement.
"His work in Congress and at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has improved 
the safety of nuclear power plants and is based on his demonstrated 
commitment to bringing all stakeholders to the table," Reid said.

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