WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that Commissioner Dale Klein, who served as chairman of the independent oversight agency for nearly three years beginning in July 2006, will resign from the Commission upon the swearing in of a confirmed replacement to complete his five-year term. Following is a statement by the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Marvin Fertel, on Klein’s tenure on the NRC.
“The nuclear energy industry acknowledges with respect Dale Klein’s service to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and to the nation.
“Commissioner Klein has set a high standard for new commissioners joining the agency. As chairman, he commendably put the NRC on a path of readiness to review license applications for new nuclear energy facilities at a level that upholds the NRC’s mission to protect public health and safety. He also guided the NRC to effectively fulfill its oversight role even as the agency experienced significant expansion and personnel turnover stemming from the graying of its workforce. He achieved this in part by appointing able senior managers to head various divisions within the agency.
“Throughout his tenure, he worked collegially with his fellow commissioners and strived to lead the agency in both a disciplined and transparent manner. To his credit, the NRC was recognized as the ‘Best Place to Work’ in the federal government under his leadership.
“We wish Dale and his family well as he transitions to new professional challenges.”