Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defends Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, calling criticism by four other NRC commissioners “a politically motivated witch hunt”

by Colonel on December 10, 2011

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko on Saturday, calling criticism by four other NRC commissioners “a politically motivated witch hunt.”

Reid’s defense of Jaczko, a former Reid aide, included a sharp critique of the four NRC commissioners — including two Democrats.

“It is sad to see those who would place the interests of a single industry over the safety of the American people wage a politically-motivated witch hunt against a man with a proven track record of ensuring that nuclear power is produced as safely and responsibly as possible,” Reid’s office said Saturday.

The letter was written Oct. 13 but made public late Friday. It stops short of calling for the chairman to resign, but says Jaczko’s actions could adversely affect the agency’s mission to protect health and safety at the nation’s 104 commercial nuclear reactors.” – Matthew Daly, Copyright 2011 The Associated Press, Copyright 2011 CBS Interactive Inc

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