"Obama Names Allison Macfarlane, Yucca Mountain Critic, As Head Of NRC"

"Moving quickly to stem a controversy, President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated an expert on nuclear waste to lead the federal agency that regulates the nation's nuclear power plants."

"Allison Macfarlane, who served on a presidential commission that studied new strategies to manage nuclear waste, would replace Gregory Jaczko as head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jaczko announced his resignation Monday after a tumultuous three-year tenure in which he pushed for sweeping safety reforms but came under fire for an unyielding management style that fellow commissioners and agency employees described as bullying.

A White House spokesman said Obama believes Macfarlane is the right person to lead the commission, calling her a highly regarded expert who has spent years analyzing nuclear issues."

Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press May 24, 2012.


"Obama Nominates GMU Professor as NRC Chairman" (Washington Post)

"Nuclear Waste Expert Tapped as Top Nuclear Regulator" (Reuters)


Source: AP, 05/25/2012