WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate late on June 30 confirmed the nomination of William C. Ostendorff to a second term as commissioner on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has served on the NRC since April 2010. Following is a statement by Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer.
“The Nuclear Energy Institute congratulates Bill Ostendorff on his approval for a second term to the NRC and commends the U.S. Senate for completing this action before his current term expired on June 30.
“Due to his extensive service in the Navy’s nuclear program, as a Senate staff expert and with the National Nuclear Security Administration, Commissioner Ostendorff brings technical expertise and management skills that have been invaluable to the commission’s deliberations over the past 14 months and will serve the commission well in the years ahead.
“Having a full complement of commissioners is crucial to the commission’s ability to efficiently meet the challenges before it. This includes regulating existing nuclear energy facilities and ensuring an effective and predictable licensing process for building new nuclear facilities. Continuity on the commission is especially important for the collaborative effort that is needed as it reaches important decisions in the months and years ahead to incorporate lessons that emerge from the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.”