Reid appoints former NRC chief Jaczko to nuclear panel

Those suggestions regarding the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be revealed in a report that’s due by February, 2014.

Jaczko has kept a low profile following an unceremonious departure from the NRC in which he resigned his post following allegations that he verbally abused staff.

His appointment to the 12-member panel, as well as a book deal he signed with Simon and Schuster on Wednesday about "Jaczko’s controversial years as the top nuclear regulator in the country," will change that.

The controversial former NRC chairman’s appointment to the panel will likely rile conservatives.

Republicans criticized what they said was a unilateral decision by Jaczko — with Reid’s backing — to pull the plug on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in 2009.

GOP lawmakers said the move violated federal law, which identifies the site as the nation's permanent location for nuclear waste.

Jaczko contended the NRC lacked the funds to carry out the necessary review of the Energy Department's application to use the Nevada site as the nation’s long-term nuclear waste storage center.