Committee to weigh NRC chair’s bid for another term

By Nico Portuondo | 04/15/2024 06:44 AM EDT

A key Republican hasn’t made clear how she feels about Christopher Hanson staying on the panel.

Christopher Hanson.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Christopher Hanson on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/E&E News

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this week to consider whether the leader of the nation’s top nuclear regulator should serve another term.

President Joe Biden renominated Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Christopher Hanson in March. He will likely enjoy united support from Democrats because of efforts to balance nuclear safety with the timely development of new reactors.

Originally appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2020, the NRC chair will see his current five-year term on the commission expire June 30.


“Chair Hanson’s leadership has helped the agency maintain high standards for safety while modernizing and preparing for new reactor licensing at home,” said EPW Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) earlier this year.