House members have been waiting a long time to grill outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko. And now they are going to have to wait even longer.
Two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees that had planned a joint hearing for Thursday on the NRC abruptly postponed the session on Tuesday. The hearing planned by the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power was entitled "NRC Policy and Governance Oversight" and was meant to look into the commission's "governance, chilled work environment, and recent votes."
The chairmen of the panels said on Tuesday on that the hearing was postponed in light of recent developments in the Senate, which is expected to deal soon with the nomination of Allison Macfarlane to replace Jaczko as NRC chair. The Senate is also moving toward a hearing on a new term for Republican Kristine Svinicki on the NRC.
"Given the swift movement on nominations and the apparent wind down of Chairman Jaczko's current tenure at NRC, we've decided to pause until there is more clarity on the chairmanship of the NRC," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.