Statement from the American Nuclear Society on the appointment of Christopher T. Hanson as NRC chair

January 24, 2021, 7:11PMPress Releases

On behalf of America’s nuclear professionals, we applaud President Biden for designating ANS member Christopher T. Hanson as chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC plays a critical role in ensuring nuclear technology and materials are used safely to provide zero-carbon energy, detect and treat cancer, and protect the food supply, among many other applications.

The NRC is responsible for ensuring the continued safe operation of our existing nuclear power plants, America’s largest source of carbon-free energy. Also, by implementing new risk-informed, technology-inclusive licensing frameworks, the NRC can enable the development and deployment of a new generation of advanced nuclear technologies needed to achieve deep decarbonization of our energy sector.

We urge President Biden and Congress to quickly nominate and confirm a qualified candidate to fill the vacant seat of former Chair Kristine Svinicki. A fully functioning, five-member commission is important to the mission success of the NRC as an agency.

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