An internal investigation into outgoing U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko said that he engaged in bullying and intimidation and created a tense work environment at the NRC, according to The Associated Press.
The NRC’s inspector general found at least 15 instances where Jaczko acted in a way that employees or commissioners found to be intimidating or bullying, the article said. The report also said Jaczko’s testimony before House and Senate committees investigating his behavior last December was not in line with testimony given to the inspector general by senior NRC officials.
However, the report did agree with Jaczko's assertion that the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan constituted an emergency in the U.S.
Jaczko said the report vindicates his actions during his tenure and he is glad to put the issue behind him.
“I have felt confident all along that my actions have been consistent with my responsibilities and authorities as Chairman, and certainly that there was no wrongdoing,” Jaczko said in a statement. “This report underscores my belief.”
Jaczko said the commission won numerous awards and recognition for the work environment, and was rated as one of the Best Places to Work in the federal government during his tenure as chairman. He also stated that the NRC’s daily work is what deserves the public’s attention.
“During the past year, we have made tremendous progress towards improving the safety of our nation’s nuclear plants and safeguarding the public health,” Jaczko said. “I am immeasurably proud of our accomplishments, and I look forward to continuing to focus on the critical safety mission of the agency.”
Jaczko resigned as chairman in May upon the confirmation of a successor. The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Allison Macfarlane as chair in June, but the vote must first go to the full Senate.
To read Jaczko's full statement, click here.
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