Sessions Responds To NRC Personnel Changes, Reiterates Support For Kristine Svinicki Re-Confirmation “My concerns with Dr. Jaczko’s tenure as chairman went well beyond his abusive behavior toward the other commissioners and NRC staff.
BigNews.Biz - Jun 03,2012 - Sessions Responds To NRC Personnel Changes, Reiterates Support For Kristine Svinicki Re-Confirmation
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to personnel changes on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including President Obama’s decision yesterday to nominate Dr. Allison Macfarlane to serve out the remainder of Dr. Gregory Jaczko’s term as Chairman:
“My concerns with Dr. Jaczko’s tenure as chairman went well beyond his abusive behavior toward the other commissioners and NRC staff. I believe Dr. Jaczko wielded his authority in an attempt to thwart the use of nuclear energy in the United States. Going forward, America needs—both for our economy and our environment—an NRC chairman who values the role of nuclear power and who will faithfully fulfill the responsibilities of this important position in strict adherence to the laws of this nation. The President gets to decide the person he wants to serve out the remainder of Dr. Jaczko’s term, and as Dr. Macfarlane has not been vetted previously by the Senate, I look forward to learning more about her record and views.
Notwithstanding the developments this week concerning the next chairman of the NRC, I believe there is no reason why the Senate should not move immediately to confirm Commissioner Kristine Svinicki to a new term before her current term expires at the end of June. The President announced his decision to re-nominate Commissioner Svinicki over a month ago. She was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2008 and she has served one full term on the NRC with honor and distinction. The nation needs Ms. Svinicki to continue her service on the Commission, and I would strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to re-confirm her to a new term.”