Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reacted to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko's resignation this morning, and said that his stepping down makes expediting the re-nomination process of Kristine Svinicki to continue as an NRC Commissioner all the more urgent.
"Given the numerous reports of Chairman Jaczko's failed leadership at the NRC, it was right of him to step down today," Senator Inhofe said. "Throughout his time at the NRC, it was abundantly clear that Chairman Jaczko used his office to undermine the NRC to the point that all four of his fellow commissioners wrote to the President to ask for assistance as a last resort. With his resignation today, the NRC can focus on its mission of safety without the distractions of Jaczko's inappropriate behavior.
"Jaczko's resignation just makes it all the more urgent that there are no further delays in the re-nomination process for Kristine Svinicki to continue to serve in her role as an NRC Commissioner. Commissioner Svinicki's paperwork arrived at the Environment and Public Works Committee late last week, so there is no reason now to put off her re-nomination hearing. The White House has said that we need to make sure that the NRC is 'functioning effectively' and that the President does not want to see a 'break in service.' Especially in light of today's news, I'm calling on Chairman Boxer to hold this Environment and Public Works hearing immediately to ensure that such a break in service does not happen."