Burns named chairman of the NRC, will focus on safety

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Stephen Burns became the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Burns was sworn in as a commissioner on Nov. 5, 2014, and designated chairman by President Obama effective January 1. Burns replaces Allison Macfarlane, who left the spot to take a position at George Washington University. Burns’ term ends June 30, 2019.

Burns said he intends to focus on safety, security, how decommissioned nuclear reactors are regulated, and to review the NRC’s organizational structure, according to Platts.
Burns was confirmed by the Senate in September 2014. He was a former NRC general counsel and former head of legal affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency. Burns joined the NRC as an attorney in 1978, and served as general counsel from May 2009 until April 2012.
Burns received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Colgate University in New York. He received his law degree with honors from the George Washington University.
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