NRC Head Resigns

Gregory Jaczko

Criticized for his management style and his politics, the chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that he will step down as soon as a replacement is found.

Gregory Jaczko, a physicist and former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), has been a controversial figure since joining the commission in 2005. He has been targeted by Republicans unhappy with the Obama Administration’s cancellation of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and has been accused of suppressing a report on the long-term safety of the site.