By Andrew Restuccia - 06/14/11 03:40 PM EDT
A top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called on Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko to resign.
"I do think he needs to step down," Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol. Whitfield is chairman of the committee's Energy and Power subcommittee.
A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the report. The hearing included testimony from NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell.
Republicans bashed Jaczko, arguing he acted inappropriately in "strategically" releasing partial information to NRC commissioners about his intentions to shut down a technical review of the Yucca Mountain project.
But Democrats maintained that the chairman broke no laws.
"Despite the rhetoric that we’ve heard over the past months, today we won’t be presented with evidence of lawbreaking," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the panel.