Allison Macfarlane, the geologist and expert on atomic waste picked to lead the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is described by associates as someone who can advocate positions without offending her opponents.
Congress returns from a five-week recess to take up several perennial issues: turmoil in the Middle East, rising government debt and where to dump more than 65,000 tons of waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants.
The new chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Congress the U.S. needs a permanent site to store radioactive waste and declined to back Republican lawmakers who sought to restart the Yucca Mountain project.
President Barack Obama is nominating Allison Macfarlane, a professor and member of panel studying disposal of atomic wastes, to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, replacing Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who is quitting.
President Barack Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said atomic power can’t grow without government subsidies, criticized an industry-supported plan to dispose of spent fuel in Nevada, and said she was drawn to nuclear research because she got bored with geology.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, in her first public meeting with agency staff, ruled out furloughs or salary cuts as a result of looming federal spending reductions to close a budget deficit.
U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Allison Macfarlane to a new term as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, less than a year after she took over the agency following her predecessor’s resignation.
Two nominees for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved closer to Senate confirmation after lawmakers at a hearing said they were willing to set aside their concerns to support the candidates together.