U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation announcement of Allison Macfarlane, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

"Considering the NRC's tumultuous past and the political pressure she was under, Chairman Macfarlane handled a tough leadership situation at the NRC with grace, even as she was pushed to undermine the industry and implement unnecessary regulations," said Vitter. "I wish her only the best as she steps into her new role at George Washington University. It's vital to the security and reliability of our nation's energy needs for the members of the NRC to be independent, thoughtful, and highly qualified - and I urge the President to nominate someone with those characteristics, despite certain political pressure from Senator Reid to do otherwise."