Obama intends to nominate Allison Macfarlane to head-up NRC

28 May 2012

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Allison Macfarlane to become a commissioner of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and to serve as its chairman.

Macfarlane is an associate professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University (GMU), a position she has held since 2006. Dr. Macfarlane served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future from March 2010 to January 2012. Dr. Macfarlane worked as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2004 to 2006 and 2000 to 2003, and as an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2004.

Commenting on the announcement the US Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Marvin Fertel,said:

“The nuclear energy industry congratulates Professor Macfarlane on her selection by the president. She has been an active contributor to policy debates in the nuclear energy field for many years.”

He also went on to encourage the speedy confirmation of Macfalane by the Senate.

“Given the importance of having a fully functioning, five-member commission to carry out the NRC’s safety mission, the nuclear energy industry urges the administration to submit her confirmation paperwork as expeditiously as possible," Fertel said.

"It would not serve the public interest to have her nomination linger with the term of Commissioner Kristine Svinicki set to expire at the end of June. We urge the Senate to confirm both Commissioner Svinicki and Professor Macfarlane expeditiously.”

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