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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blumenthal Urges Confirmation of Connecticut Native To Head NRC


With a Connecticut native having been nominated last month to head the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, went before the Senate Environment Committee Wednesday to speak in support of Allison Macfarlane's selection.

Blumenthal called Macfarlane (shown at left), who is an associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University in Virginia, "a remarkable scholar and leader, and a person of genuine vision and courage."

"She has ... served on the Blue Ribbon Commission, established by the President, a fifteen member commission which produced a report very recently that addresses one of the principle challenges for the NRC in coming years, to develop an integrated nuclear waste facility management program, and make sure that we move from spent pools to dry casks in as many of our nuclear facilities as possible," Blumenthal said. "This issue is extraordinarily important to Connecticut because of our Connecticut Yankee and our Millstone Plants, where some of our fuel is still stored in pools and where we have a substantial amount of nuclear waste. The interest of Connecticut in this issue is very, very profoundly significant."

 Macfarlane was born in Hartford, raised in Avon and went to Avon High School. She has been at George Mason since 2006, but has been in a variety of academic positions at Harvard, Stanford, and other schools.

If Macfarlane is confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Gregory Jaczko, who announced his resignation last month.

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