Nuclear body says must ensure NRC credibility

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 11:23 AM
Nuclear body says must ensure NRC credibility

(Reuters) - The Nuclear Energy Institute said on Monday it was confident that Congress and the White House would take the steps necessary to ensure the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an effective watchdog.

Marvin Fertel, president of the industry group, issued a statement after it was revealed on Friday that four of the five NRC commissioners had sent a letter to the White House that was highly critical of the NRC chairman, Gregory Jaczko.

"Safe performance of nuclear energy facilities and the NRC's credibility are the two most important factors for policymaker and public confidence in nuclear energy. As such, the industry is concerned with anything that threatens the credibility of either," Fertel said.

"We are confident that Congress and the White House will take the steps necessary to ensure that the NRC is an efficient, effective regulator that provides oversight of commercial nuclear technology," Fertel added.

(Reporting By Scott DiSavino; Editing by Dale Hudson)