Senate advances NRC chair’s renomination bid

By Nico Portuondo | 06/04/2024 06:40 AM EDT

Christopher Hanson will secure a second term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as soon as Tuesday.

Christopher Hanson.

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

The leader of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission got broad bipartisan support in the Senate on Monday, with a final vote on his renomination set for Tuesday.

The chamber voted 74-15 to wind down debate on NRC Chair Christopher Hanson, whose term is set to expire this month.

Hanson, originally appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2020 and renominated by President Joe Biden in March, has won praise for moving to cut red tape for next-generation reactors.


Hanson has championed key proposals on existing and future nuclear reactors, including a soon-to-be-finalized rule on decommissioning and the first-ever licensing of an advanced reactor design.