White House to name Nils Diaz nuclear agency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
Bush administration said on Monday it plans to nominate Nils Diaz to
head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the nation's
103 operating nuclear power plants.
Diaz, currently a member of the five-person
commission, will replace Richard Meserve, who was appointed chairman
during the Clinton administration, the White House said in a
statement. Diaz was renominated to a second five-year term in July
Before joining the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Diaz taught nuclear engineering at
the University of Florida, headed the Innovative Nuclear Space Power
Institute, and was a consultant for private industry, the U.S.
government and several foreign governments.
Meserve said in December he planned to leave the
agency to become president of the Carnegie Institution of
Washington, a non-profit group that funds research in biology,
astronomy and the Earth sciences. His term was to expire in June
Since the deadly Sept.
11, 2001, attacks on Washington and New York City, the agency has
been reassessing nuclear power plant security guidelines to protect
plants from attacks.
power plants provide about 20 percent of the nation's
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