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Reid, Heller praise former nuclear safety chief

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Both Sens. Reid and Heller expressed support for former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for his role in stopping a proposed nuclear dump site at Yucca Mountain. Both Sens. Reid and Heller expressed support for former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for his role in stopping a proposed nuclear dump site at Yucca Mountain.
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Nevada's senators echoed praise for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko after his resignation Monday.

Jaczko, who stepped down amid allegations of a tough, intimidating turn as the NRC's authority figure, served in the position since 2009.

He was most known in his tenure for trying to stop work on a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, which was recognized by both Sens. Harry Reid, D-NV, and Dean Heller, R-NV.

Senate Majority Leader Reid released the following statement:

"I thank Dr. Jaczko for his service as Commissioner and later Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He dedicated his tenure to improving the safety of nuclear energy, and his leadership during the Fukushima nuclear crisis protected millions of Americans. His work toward a safe and effective nuclear energy policy has left Nevada and the nation more secure. I am confident whomever replaces Chairman Jaczko will share his commitment to protecting the safety of the American people over the interests of a single industry. This is an opportunity for the nuclear industry to demonstrate its commitment to public safety by supporting a Chairperson who puts the safety of American citizens first. Greg was my trusted aide for many years and his talent in applying science to public policy was an asset to my staff and the state of Nevada. I wish him well in his future endeavors."

Jaczko served as an aide to Reid before his 2005 appointment to the NRC as a commissioner.

Sen. Heller also released a statement on Jaczko's tenure:

"I appreciate Chairman Jaczko's hard work in the fight against Yucca Mountain. The Chairman and I have consistently opposed making Nevada our nation's nuclear waste dump. Yucca Mountain is a threat to public safety, and no amount of reassurance from the federal government will convince me or the residents of Nevada otherwise. While we need to responsibly develop all of our nation's energy resources, including nuclear energy, the irresponsible history of Yucca Mountain undermines the integrity of the project. Chairman Jaczko played an important role in opposing Yucca Mountain, and I hope his successor will continue this fight."

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