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Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for California - Gregory Jaczko

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Published on Jun 5, 2013

On Tuesday, June 4, former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, and former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, spoke at a panel discussion regarding the lessons learned from the Fukushima-daiichi nuclear accident as it pertains to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California.

Mr. Jaczko was first sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on January 21, 2005. On May 13, 2009, President Obama designated him the organization's Chairman. During the Fukushima crisis, Chairman Jaczko recommended that Americans evacuate 50 miles outside Fukushima. On February 9, 2012 Mr. Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in more than 30 years when the NRC voted 4-1 to allow Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build and operate two new nuclear power reactors at its existing Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. He cited safety concerns stemming from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, stating, "I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima never happened." His pro-safety stance caused much friction with the other commissioners, resulting in his departure from the NRC. He has since been appointed to a post on a Congressional panel overseeing the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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