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NRC nominees advance in Senate - The Political Eye The prospective new chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission took a step closer Thursday to becoming Senate-confirmed. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Allison Macfarlane to lead the nuclear safety agency, where she would replace Gregory Jaczko, who announced last month he was resigning after a tumultuous run as chairman. Macfarlane's nomination was sent to the full Senate, which is expected by the end of the month to confirm her. A geologist by profession and an expert on nuclear waste, Macfarlane is associate professor of environmental science at George Mason University.
In the 1958 cult horror classic The Thing That Couldn’t Die, a young lass out water-witching (of all things) discovers a curious and ancient box–one that, whether you follow the conventions of the genre or the entreaties of the film’s internal expert, should obviously remain closed. But, as these things are wont to go, greed and ambition get the better of a few mere mortals, and the box is breached, revealing the intact–and living!–head of a sorcerer executed hundreds of years earlier. The wayward wizard then uses his telepathic powers to manipulate some of the more foolish, godless humans to unearth the rest of his body so that it might be reunited with the head and realize the full force of its destructive powers. It is hard not to think of this black and white bubbe meise while reviewing the most recent chapters in the battle over the future of the partially excavated, purportedly moribund Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in southwestern Nevada. The Thing That Couldn't Die: Yucca Battle Continues in Congress and in the Courts
Watching Barack Obama deliver his jobs speech Thursday in Holland, MI, I couldn’t help but wonder if the president had read Drew Westen’s critique in last weekend’s New York Times. Under the headline “What Happened to Obama?” Westen, an Emory University psychology professor and Democratic communications guru of a sort, tried to divine the source of the Obama administration’s trouble. The seeds were sown, Westen explains, in the opening minutes of the presidency, as Obama delivered his inaugural address. The Thing That Couldn't Die: Yucca Battle Continues in Congress and in the Courts
Current NIRS Actions! Essential things you can do to help build a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy future. Prevent radioactive waste from entering consumer marketplace. Tell DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz to make existing moratorium permanent, not release radioactive material. Support Japanese woman threatened with prosecution for "crime" of advising people, especially families with children, to leave contaminated areas near Fukushima. ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIONS 2012 - NIRS
Obama names nominee to head nuclear agency - Defense
Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans Press Release :: Hearing on NRC Policy and Governance Oversight POSTPONED
House GOP scuttles face-off with outgoing nuke agency chief - The Hill's E2-Wire House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans have shelved a planned showdown this week with outgoing Democratic Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko. The GOP, citing upcoming Senate action on the embattled Jaczko’s replacement and the re-nomination of Republican NRC member Kristine Svinicki, are postponing the May 31 hearing with all five NRC commissioners. “Given the swift movement on nominations and the apparent wind down of Chairman Jaczko’s current tenure at NRC, we’ve decided to pause until there is more clarity on the chairmanship of the NRC. We welcome the recent signals coming from the White House and Senate that the re-nomination of Kristine Svinicki and the closeout of the Jaczko era will be fast tracked,” said Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and other top Republicans on the panel in a joint statement.
Replacing NRC Chief Could Prove Challenging By Steven T. Dennis Roll Call Staff May 22, 2012, Midnight Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo The decision by the controversial head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and ally of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to quit Monday doesn’t necessarily end the headaches over nuclear power for the Obama administration. Gregory Jaczko, a former Reid aide and opponent of using the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, announced Monday morning that he would resign, capping months of infighting at the agency in charge of safeguarding nuclear power plants. Gregory Jaczko’s Exit Poses Problems for White House
by Jason Walsh and Kate Gordon Last year threw into stark relief America’s interlinked economic, energy security, and climate crises. On the economic front Americans called out those lawmakers who work relentlessly to build an economy that works for the wealthy few rather than for all of us, but faced determined resistance from conservatives bent on preserving the status quo. At the same time our nation’s debilitating dependence on fossil fuels and the damages caused by climate disruption became ever more obvious. Yet here too conservative resistance was implacable. 2012 April « limitless life