NRC: Republicans Question Macfarlane’s Leadership Skills

“I will devote all my energies to serving on the NRC with the attributes that I consider important to good governance — openness, efficiency and transparency,” said Allison Macfarlane in her Senate testimony.

Red_AtomU.S. Senate Republicans questioned Allison Macfarlane’s skills to lead the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing a lack of experience that would prepare her to run an agency with 4,000 employees.

Macfarlane, a 48-year-old geologist, pledged in testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to be collegial if confirmed to replace Gregory Jaczko, who is quitting after colleagues accused him of bullying the staff.

“It’s my hope that Dr. Macfarlane can step in to be a valuable member of the commission, although I have some concerns about her lack of management and nuclear-safety experience,” Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the committee, said at a confirmation hearing.

Criticism of Macfarlane has been muted as committee Chairman Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, combined the hearing for Macfarlane with consideration of the renomination of Commissioner Kristine Svinicki, who joined the panel in 2008 during George W. Bush’s administration.

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Source: Katarzyna Klimasinska | Bloomberg Businessweek