Nuke chief to face Congress next week

Top Republicans on the committee have been some of the most outspoken critics of Jaczko’s leadership, pouncing on allegations that the chairman bullied NRC staff. Jaczko strongly denies those allegations.

Committee Republicans have also blasted Jaczko for closing out a review of the Nevada Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site and for being the lone vote opposing the approval of new nuclear reactors in South Carolina and Georgia.

“We have been actively monitoring the NRC during these tumultuous times and will continue our oversight. With these latest developments along with numerous outstanding issues, we look forward to hearing directly from all of the NRC commissioners,” top Republicans on the committee said Monday in a statement.

Jaczko announced Monday that he plans to step down as NRC chairman after his replacement is confirmed by the Senate. In an interview with The Hill, Jaczko said the criticism of his tenure as chairman did not affect his decision to resign.

“The timing was right. It was just a feeling that now was the right time to make the announcement,” he said, adding that he made his decision within the “last couple of days.”

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