"N.R.C. Chairman to Resign After Stormy Tenure"

"WASHINGTON — Gregory B. Jaczko, whose three-year tenure as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been marked by bitter battles with colleagues and with Congress, announced Monday that he would step down as soon as a successor was confirmed."

"Dr. Jaczko, chairman since May 2009 and the longest-serving member of the five-member commission, was an outsider and a maverick. He had drawn sharp criticism for helping to end government consideration of a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, a volcanic ridge about 100 miles from Las Vegas, and for assuming some emergency powers at the commission after the triple meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactors in March 2011.

He sought to address some longstanding safety problems at America’s nuclear power reactors, but with a background in nuclear physics and nuclear policy but not the nuclear industry, Dr. Jaczko was long viewed with skepticism and mistrust by some industry insiders.

In a telephone interview Sunday, Dr. Jaczko refused to talk about his clashes with other commissioners, which resulted in an internal commission investigation and Congressional hearings."

John M. Broder and Matthew L. Wald report for the New York Times May 21, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Gregory Jaczko, Chief of Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Resigns" (Washington Post)

"Gregory Jaczko announces resignation from NRC" (Politico)

"Gregory Jaczko Resigns: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Steps Down" (Huffington Post)

"NRC Chairman Resigns Amid Battle Over Lessons From Fukushima" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Nuclear Agency Chief Jaczko To Step Down" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Dogged By 'Bully' Charge, Nuclear Chief Jaczko Resigns" (Reuters)

"US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko Says He Will Step Down" (AP)

"Nuclear Regulator Resigns Under Pressure" (Mother Jones)

"Gregory Jaczko Resigns from the NRC" (National Review Online)

"Nuclear Regulatory Chief Jaczko to Resign" (Wall St. Journal)

"Gregory Jaczko, at Center of Acrimony, Announces Resignation From NRC" (Las Vegas Sun)

"NRC Chairman Jaczko Resigns" (Stephens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Source: NY Times, 05/22/2012