To the (relatively) well-known names on the new Congressional National Nuclear Security Administration panel, add nuclear policy lightning rod Gregory Jaczko.
As my colleague Michael Coleman reported last month, former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson has already been appointed to the panel. Now, via The Hill, we learn (with requisite Beltway political context) that former Harry Reid staffer and controversial Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman has also been tapped :
Jaczko has kept a low profile following an unceremonious departure from the NRC in which he resigned his post following allegations that he verbally abused staff.
His appointment to the 12-member panel, as well as a book deal he signed with Simon and Schuster on Wednesday about “Jaczko’s controversial years as the top nuclear regulator in the country,” will change that.
The controversial former NRC chairman’s appointment to the panel will likely rile conservatives.