WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), praised the Senate’s confirmation of Annie Caputo and David Wright to serve as commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Senate also confirmed Jeff Baran to continue serving as a commissioner of the NRC. The Senate confirmed the three nominations by unanimous consent.

“I am glad the Senate has restored the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to its full slate of five commissioners,” said Barrasso. “Annie Caputo and David Wright will be outstanding commissioners at the NRC.

“Here on Capitol Hill, Annie is considered the ‘dean’ of nuclear energy policy. As a nuclear engineer, Annie knows the physics behind nuclear power. She also knows the challenges it faces and the bright future it can have if we make the right decisions here in Washington. Likewise, Annie knows the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She understands how the NRC can be improved, so it can be more responsive to the American people and those the agency regulates.”

Since January of 2017, Caputo has served as senior policy advisor for nuclear issues to Chairman Barrasso at the EPW committee. Caputo is a nuclear engineer with 20 years of experience. She has served twice as professional staff at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as previously at the EPW committee.

David Wright is the former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and is the former chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission.

Background Information:

On June 13, 2017, the EPW committee held a nomination hearing for Caputo and Wright.

On July 12, 2017, the EPW Committee advanced Caputo and Wright’s nominations at a committee business meeting.

On October 4, 2017, the EPW Committee held a nomination hearing for Baran.

On Oct. 25, 2017, the committee advanced Baran’s nomination at a committee business meeting.