Allison MacFarlane

2012 ~ The Year That Was In Nuclear Energy

December 6, 2012 by Joseph Koblich

On a global scale the nuclear industry had its share of pluses and minuses in 2012. Japan’s Fukushima crisis continues to dominate any list of the top ten nuclear energy issues for the year. (See more below on Japan’s mighty mission at Fukushima.) In the United States, while the first new nuclear reactor licenses in three decades were issued to four reactors, the regulatory agency that approved them had a management meltdown.[read more]

Yucca Mountain is Dead. Long Live Yucca Mountain!

December 4, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

Last October, during the Republican primaries, I made a prediction regarding the future of Yucca Mountain - namely, don't bet on it. Not, of course, because it's particularly deficient on a technical level (it's not perfect, but you can judge the science that went into it for yourself.) But rather, the battle for Yucca mountain left its...[read more]

Worth Noting – Allison Macfarlane Sworn in as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

July 11, 2012 by Rod Adams

 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a brief press release late in the afternoon of June 9, 2012 titled ALLISON M. MACFARLANE BECOMES 15TH NRC CHAIRMAN. Here is the text of that press release: Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane, designated by President Obama as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was sworn in today as the...[read more]

My Questions for MacFarlane

June 13, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

The nomination of Allison MacFarlane has drawn a considerably mixed reaction among the nuclear community. Given that MacFarlane's hearing is scheduled for today, here are some questions that can inform the discussion both of whether MacFarlane is a good candidate to lead the NRC and what her leadership might entail.[read more]

We need clearer criteria for serving on the NRC

June 6, 2012 by Margaret Harding

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There have been a significant number of questions raised about Allison Macfarlane’s nomination to the NRC commission with the stated intent to make her chair of the same as soon as she is sworn in as a commissioner. I'd take a different approach.[read more]

A closer look at Jazcko's replacement

May 25, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

Dr. MacFarlaneEarlier this week, embattled NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko announced he would be stepping down from his position contingent upon the confirmation of his replacement. Wasting no time, the Obama administration announced their nominee today, a mere three days after Jaczko's announcement. Their candidate? Dr. Allison...[read more]