WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Obama has nominated William C. Ostendorff to a second term as commissioner on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ostendorff has served as a commissioner since April 2010. His term expires June 30.The following is a statement by Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s chief nuclear officer and senior vice president.
“The Nuclear Energy Institute commends President Obama for nominating such an experienced and qualified candidate to continue his service to the NRC and the nation.
“Commissioner Ostendorff has been a champion of the agency’s Principles of Good Regulation—independence, openness, efficiency, clarity and reliability—which are important to ensure that regulatory requirements are addressed in a disciplined and judicious manner.
“Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko recently cited Commissioner Ostendorff’s leadership. His broad background in the nuclear Navy and at the Senate Armed Services Committee and the National Nuclear Security Administration, the chairman said, ‘has contributed to the spirited and productive debates that are key to making sound policy.’
“Commissioner Ostendorff has distinguished himself as a thoughtful, objective commissioner whose technical, legal and management experience have served the agency well on many policy issues.
“We hope for a speedy confirmation because a full complement of experienced commissioners is essential as the agency reviews operation of U.S. reactors in light of events in Japan and judges certifications for reactor designs and licenses for new reactors and fuel facilities. A full complement of commissioners at the agency is providing experience and expertise as well as initiative and leadership to the commission’s work. Industry agrees that the agency functions best when five commissioners are active in their transparent and comprehensive deliberations on key nuclear energy issues.”