NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane to Address Nuclear Policy Concerns

Posted: April 15, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

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By Tara Laskowski

Allison Macfarlane. Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo

Allison Macfarlane. Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo

Allison Macfarlane, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chair and George Mason University professor, will speak about nuclear policy concerns at noon on Thursday, April 18, as part of the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) Harold Gortner Distinguished Speaker Series.

Macfarlane was recently renominated for a second term as NRC chair. In this role, Macfarlane leads the NRC as it develops regulations regarding nuclear reactor materials and safety, and through its five regional offices ensures the safe use of nuclear materials through inspection, enforcement and emergency response programs.

If approved, her reconfirmation as chair of the NRC will go into effect July 1, and she will serve a five-year appointment. Macfarlane is currently on leave from Mason as associate professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department.

She has written extensively on nuclear policy and nuclear waste disposal, especially issues surrounding the use of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste disposal site. Macfarlane is co-author of the book “Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation’s High-Level Nuclear Waste,” published in 2006 by MIT Press.

At the April 18th lecture, Macfarlane will address issues of importance to all those interested in environmental policy. The presentation will be in the Research Building, Room 163, on the Fairfax Campus.  The event is open to the public, and a reception will follow.

This is the sixth annual Gortner Lecture, which honors a professional active in the field of public affairs and asks him or her to share insights with the Mason community.

For more information, please contact Carrie Drummond at or 703-993-9377.

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