Leader of ‘coup’ at NRC worked as TEPCO consultant — Would most likely succeed Jaczko as chairman

Published: December 12th, 2011 at 5:24 pm ET
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NRC ‘Coup’ Leader, Bill Magwood, Consulted For Fukushima Parent Company, Huffington Post by Ryan Grim, Dec. 12, 2011:

Bill Magwood, the man at the center of an effort to overthrow the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and his most likely successor if the move is successful, served as a consultant for Tepco, the Japanese company that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to information provided by Magwood as part of his nomination and confirmation process, which was obtained by The Huffington Post.

On Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a letter signed by Magwood and three other commissioners attacking the panel’s chairman, Gregory Jaczko, setting off a firestorm in the energy industry. Issa and the four commissioners framed the dispute as personal and managerial, but emails released by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) show a political and ideological battle underway over post-Fukushima safety standards. [...]

Magwood’s previously unreported relationship to Japan’s nuclear industry, via the firm he founded and ran, Advanced Energy Strategies, sheds new light on that debate.

On Saturday morning, just hours after the dueling release of documents, utility lobbyists began reaching out to Democrats on key committees, urging them not to back Jaczko. “It’s obvious these guys are all in on this coup. They’ve been whining about Jaczko, particularly after Japan, and what he’s been doing since then, consistently,” said a senior congressional aide on the receiving end of the lobbying push, who is supportive of Jaczko but wanted to remain anonymous so as not to alienate the industry. [...]

Published: December 12th, 2011 at 5:24 pm ET
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