Hanson to be renominated as NRC chair and member

March 22, 2024, 9:30AMNuclear News

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President Biden announced yesterday his intent to renominate Christopher T. Hanson to be a member and chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Hanson was designated NRC chair by Biden in 2021 and was sworn in as a commissioner on June 8, 2020. He is filling the remainder of a five-year term ending on June 30, 2024.

Experience: Hanson has more than two decades of government and private-sector experience in nuclear energy. Prior to joining the NRC, he served as a staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he oversaw civilian and national security nuclear programs. Before working in the Senate, he was a senior advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. He also worked in the DOE’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, where he oversaw nuclear and environmental cleanup programs and managed the department’s relationship with congressional appropriations committees.

Before joining the DOE, he was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led multiple engagements for government and industry in the energy sector.

Schooling: Hanson earned master’s degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focused on ethics and natural resource economics. He earned a B.A. in religious studies from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind.

Also: In addition to Hanson, Biden plans to nominate Michael Sulmeyer to be assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy for the Department of Defense. Currently, Sulmeyer is the principal cyber advisor to the secretary of the army.

Presidential nominations next go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.


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