Sunday, December 11, 2011

NRC Chairman Accused of Bullying

Posted By on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Serious charges from four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners regarding the organization's chairman blame him for "causing serious damage" to the commission that could "adversely affect the agency's mission to protect health and safety at the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors."

In a letter to the White House signed by commissioners from both parties, Gregory Jaczko is accused of bullying senior staff, ordering them to withhold information.

Jaczko quickly responded with his own letter saying the NRC's problems were a "lack of understanding" on the part of his fellow commissioners. Jaczko, a Democrat, was named to the commission by President George W. Bush and appointed chairman by President Barack Obama.

Much of the criticism against Jaczko has centered on his efforts to halt the nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Jaczko was a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Yucca's leading opponent.

Jaczko is expected to appear in a series of hearings this coming week before the U.S. House and Senate.

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