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Inhofe Welcomes NRC Picks

Says Nominees Are "Highly Qualified," Will Be "Excellent Commissioners"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed the announcement by President Obama to nominate George Apostolakis and William D. Magwood, IV, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

"George Apostolakis and William D. Magwood are highly qualified individuals who, if confirmed, will be excellent commissioners on the NRC," Senator Inhofe said. "In my view, the Obama Administration needs to do more to advance nuclear power in the U.S.  Until now, President Obama had failed to take any action that recognized the vital role nuclear energy plays in meeting our nation's energy needs.  At the very least, the selection of these individuals indicates President Obama understands the importance of the NRC in rebuilding our nation's nuclear capabilities.  

"The country is best served by a full Commission. I look forward to meeting the nominees, and will support Chairman Boxer's efforts to ensure their timely confirmation."