The agency will have all five commissioners on board
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the gatekeeper for new reactor design, construction, and licensing for this country.
Its safety and environmental requirements for light water reactors are so thorough that they are considered to be the "gold standard" for other countries. The five commissioners who drive policy decisions for the NRC are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The Obama administration inherited an agency with two vacancies and a Chairman appointed by the prior Republican president. President Obama appointed then serving NRC Commissioner Gregory Jazcko chairman which moved Dale Klein out of that role while retaining his seat at the NRC.
This gave the White House three open slots to fill. The good news for the nuclear renaissance is that all three nominees have sterling credentials to serve and were confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Friday March 19. They will be sworn in this coming week.
Challenges ahead include license applications, reactor designs, and the pace of development of the nuclear renaissance, Read all about it exclusively at CoolHandNuke, a nuclear jobs portal and a whole lot more.
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