Obama nominates Allison M. Macfarlane for Jaczko’s NRC post

Days after Gregory Jaczko announced his resignation as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), President Barack Obama nominated Allison M. Macfarlane as his replacement.

Macfarlane, an associate professor at George Mason University since 2006, was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future and has extensive knowledge of nuclear waste issues. She holds a doctorate in geology from MIT, where she was also a research associate. Her other academic credits include work at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation.

If confirmed by the Senate, she will serve out the remainder of Jaczko’s term, which ends June 30, 2013. Jaczko faced criticism from other commission members and the agency’s staff for his management style, which some of them said was abusive. Jaczko resigned his position in advance of the publication of an NRC inspector general’s report on his actions as chairman.

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