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Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2012
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Nuclear Energy Institute Comments On Nrc Chairman Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute’s Marvin Fertel, president and CEO, made the following remarks in reaction to NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s resignation from the commission:

“In the seven years that Chairman Jaczko has served as a member of the commission we recognized his commitment to set the highest standards for the safe operation of the nation’s 104 nuclear power plants and transparency throughout the nuclear regulatory framework.

“We have had differences with the chairman on how best to achieve our mutually shared safety goals. But to his credit we’ve always had open lines of communications and a willingness to respectfully discuss the issues. This has especially been the case over the past 13 months since the accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan. We wish the chairman the best in his future endeavors.

“We encourage the White House to expeditiously name a new chairman and take steps necessary to ensure that there is a full complement of commissioners at the NRC.”