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Gregory Jaczko

Gregory Jaczko
Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
In office
May 13, 2009 – July 9, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dale E. Klein[1]
Succeeded by Allison Macfarlane
Personal details
Born (1970-10-29) October 29, 1970
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Cornell University
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Gregory B. Jaczko (; born October 29, 1970,

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  15. ^ NRC Chief’s Temper Undermining Agency, House Republicans Say (Bloomberg December 14, 2011)
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Political offices
Preceded by
Dale E. Klein[1]
Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Succeeded by
Allison Macfarlane

Jaczko resigned in May of 2012.[19] He was succeeded by Allison Macfarlane.

Peter A. Bradford, who was a commission member from 1977 to 1982, has also defended Jaczko. Bradford said it was not unusual for the commissioners to disagree strongly, and added that he did not believe that "the chairman is somehow raging around the agency and intimidating the staff". He also argued that, although the letter came from two Republicans and two Democrats, it was necessarily bi-partisan in the context of nuclear politics. He claimed that "In Washington, you’ve got a situation where the ‘nuclear party’ transcends the Republican and Democratic party," adding that "You’ve got four members of the nuclear party writing a letter about the chairman, who’s never been a member of the nuclear party."[18]

Jaczko said problems at the agency were not his fault but instead stem from "lack of understanding" on the part of others.[16] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended Jaczko, saying his critics are attacking him because "they’re concerned about the nuclear industry. He’s concerned about the American people."[17]

A report by the majority Republicans on the Government Reform and Oversight Committee detailed incidents indicating what House Republicans called Jaczko's "propensity for angry outbursts and aggressive behavior." A 2012 NRC Office of Inspector General report cleared him of such allegations. [14] Top House Republicans called on President Obama to dismiss Jaczko.[15]

At a House Government Reform and Oversight Committee hearing on December 14, 2011, NRC Commissioner William Magwood, a fellow Democrat, testified about what he called Jaczko's abusive behavior towards employees, especially female subordinates. “One woman told me that she felt the chairman was actually irritated with someone else, but took it out on her,” Magwood said. “Another said she was angry at herself for being brought to tears in front of male colleagues. A third described how she couldn’t stop shaking after her experience. She sat, talking with her supervisor until she could calm down sufficiently to drive home.” [13]

In October 2011, all the other four NRC commissioners—two Democrats and two Republicans—sent a letter to the White House expressing "grave concern" about Jaczko's actions at the NRC. On December 14, 2011, Commissioner William Ostendorff, a Republican, told a House oversight committee that Jaczko's "bullying and intimidation... should not and cannot be tolerated."[12]

A report by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General Hubert T. Bell accused Jaczko of "strategically" withholding information from his colleagues in an effort to keep plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository from advancing.[10][11]

Management style & Resignation

On February 9, 2012 Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in more than 30 years when the NRC voted 4-1 to allow Atlanta-based Southern Co to build and operate two new nuclear power reactors at its existing Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying "I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima never happened".[9]

Jaczko has asserted that the greatest possible openness furthers the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's work on the protection of the environment and of public health and safety.[8] He encourages “licensees, vendors, state and local governments, interest groups, and the general public” to participate in the Commission's policy-making efforts.[8] Efforts by Jaczko to strengthen security regulations for nuclear power plants have included requiring new such plants to be able to withstand an aircraft crash.[8]

Policy positions

[8] Jaczko is responsible for long-range planning as well as budgetary and certain personnel functions of the NRC. “He also has authority for all NRC functions pertaining to a potential emergency involving an NRC licensee”.[8] i.e. its principal executive officer and official spokesperson.[4] Jaczko was first sworn in as a Commissioner of the

Senator Harry Reid swearing in Jaczko

He later advised the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on issues regarding nuclear power,[4] and served as appropriations director for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and as Reid's science policy advisor.[8]

[8] He served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative

Political career

Jaczko was raised in Albany, New York.[4] He studied physics and philosophy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned a bachelor in the two disciplines there in 1993.[4] He also earned a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1999.[4] He is married to journalist Leigh Ann Caldwell.[5]

Early life and education


  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Policy positions 3
  • Management style & Resignation 4
  • References 5


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