[ RadSafe ] Obama to name Reid ally as NRC chairman
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
edmond0033 at comcast.net
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From: "ROY HERREN" <royherren2005 at yahoo.com>
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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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