Allision Macfarlane is the 15th person to lead the National Regulatory Commission and only the third woman to do so.

NRC_SealPromptly following Senate approval of her nomination, and just seven weeks after her predecessor announced his resignation, Allison Macfarlane was sworn in as the leader of the country’s top nuclear regulator.

On July 9, she assumed the post from former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who announced his resignation in May amid allegations of abusive behavior made by his colleagues and fellow commissioners. He consistently denied bullying those he worked with, while an NRC inspector general report confirmed a number of people at the agency said they felt intimidated during his time as chairman.

Macfarlane will serve the remainder of Jaczko’s term, ending June 30, 2013.

“The agency faces multiple challenges. I look forward to working collegially with my fellow commissioners and the excellent, dedicated staff at the NRC to address these issues,” she said in an NRC statement announcing her joining the commission.

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Source: Staff | Nuclear Street News
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