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Republicans Seek New Inquiry on NRC Chairman

Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 02:37 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Republican senators are asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's inspector general to investigate the agency's chairman for what they say is a continued pattern of withholding information from colleagues and acting unilaterally on the commission's behalf.

The GOP lawmakers say the latest example stems from NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko's (YAHTS'-koh) declaration in March that Japan's nuclear crisis constituted an emergency in the United States.

Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and David Vitter of Louisiana said it is not clear that Jaczko had authority to make such a declaration, which grants him additional powers. The senators said they are not certain that Jaczko has rescinded the order, despite his public claims to the contrary.

An agency spokesman could not be immediately be reached.

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