President Barack Obama has selected a 33-year veteran of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephen G. Burns, to serve as its chairman.
The five-member commission oversees the safety of the nation's 62 nuclear power plants, and the chairman serves as the group's official spokesman.
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Burns replaces Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down to take a position at George Washington University.
Burns served as the NRC's general counsel from 2009-2012, and prior to that served in a variety of roles at the agency. He is the second general counsel to later become the agency's chairman.
He has also served a stint as head of legal affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency.