Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko has come under fire recently from his fellow NRC commissioners regarding alleged problems with his leadership.
However, if Reid’s mission was to get Jaczko on the commission to kill the Yucca Mountain project, the Majority Leader has largely succeeded.
For more than a year, the NRC has been considering an Energy Department request to close the site, and Jaczko has been accused of delaying that decision, presumably because the commission is not voting to shutter the partially built facility.
At the same time, Obama has attempted to eliminate funding for the Yucca Mountain project since 2010, and recently, the Government Accountability Office issued a report on alternative uses for the site.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.