Nuke power showdown arrives in Senate (The Hill’s E2 Wire)
June 12, 2012
By Ben Geman
State of Play: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a high-profile hearing Wednesday to vet President Obama’s choice to lead the troubled Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The committee will hear from Allison Macfarlane, Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing Democrat Greg Jaczko atop the NRC.
Jaczko’s tenure has been marked by controversy over his management style and battles over his steps to end plans to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.
Macfarlane has been critical of Yucca Mountain as a waste site, so look for some back-and-forth there with Republicans who support long-delayed plans to store waste at Yucca.
The panel will also hear from Kristine Svinicki, the Republican NRC member nominated for a second term by the president.
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Tags: Energy, Nuclear Power