WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3, 2007—Edward McGaffigan, the longest serving commissioner in the history of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died Sept. 2 from cancer. The following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Frank L. “Skip” Bowman.
“Ed McGaffigan was a giant among public servants, a commissioner who brought great passion and competency to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
“Commissioner McGaffigan was a voice of reason determined to assure public health and safety by advocating regulation that is rooted in sound science and engineering. He always voted his conscience, and he earned the respect of his colleagues and staff at the NRC, government leaders, the public and executives in the nuclear energy industry.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family and his co-workers at the NRC.”
The Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Nuclear Society in May presented McGaffigan the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. The award is given in recognition of statesmanlike contributions to the many aspects of nuclear technology.
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