On December 15, 2011, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “Review of the NRC’s Near-Term Task Force Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century”. Instead of remaining on that topic, the hearing turned into a story where he said ‘A’, another guy said ‘A’, a woman said ‘A’, and a fourth respected person said ‘A’ while one person insisted that the answer was ‘B’. The lonely guy saying ‘B’ was Greg Jaczko, his four colleagues, two of whom are Democrats and two of whom are Republicans, were all saying ‘A’ with impressive candor.
The below video starts off with Senator Vitter asking a question and Commissioner Ostendorff providing an answer describing an instance when the Chairman directed the professional staff to change a recommended course of action before showing their work to the other commissioners. It continues with a question directed to Chairman Jaczko asking what he apologized for in his letter to the White House Chief of Staff.
Chairman Jaczko states that what he is really sorry about is that internal NRC matters (in his opinion) are being discussed in public. I guess he thinks that mistreating his staff and disrespecting his colleagues is just an internal NRC matter that should never see the light of day. That does not sound very open or transparent to me.
Later, Senator Vitter asks Jaczko about a report issued by Congressman Ed Markey. Markey is one of the only two bosses that Greg Jaczko had before he was appointed to be a commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after an intense period of political maneuvering by his second boss, Senator Harry Reid.
Here is a link to Markey’s report titled Regulatory Meltdown: How Four Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima.
It is apparent that Greg Jaczko learned his political lessons well. He is an excellent denier and can refuse to apologize and refuse to admit any mistakes with a straight face while implying that any failure to communicate is really someone else’s fault.
Once again, I say it is time for Dr. Jaczko to step aside for the good of the country and in the interests of safe nuclear power plant operations.
PS – As is demonstrated by my blog entries during the past several days, I am waging a campaign against the Chairman. That campaign is not coordinated with anyone; it is a personal mission to contribute whatever I can to restoring a situation where qualifying for a position on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires demonstrated competence and professional experience in a field that is related to nuclear energy production or research or the beneficial use of radioactive materials.