June 27, 2013- The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC) announces the election of Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner David C. Boyd as its new chairman. Following a brief transition period, Chairman Boyd succeeds former South Carolina Public Service Commission Chairman David A. Wright.
Chairman Boyd is well-prepared for this leadership role. Throughout much of his tenure at the Minnesota PUC, he has focused on nuclear waste issues and their impacts on consumers in Minnesota and across the nation. Most notably, Chairman Boyd has served on the NWSC Executive Committee since 2008, and as Chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal from 2010 until his recent appointment to serve as NARUC’s Electricity Committee Chairman.
“I’m honored to lead the Coalition at this critical juncture. While the Administration has substantially delayed implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Congressional leaders remain committed to carrying out the federal government’s obligation to remove used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste,” said Chairman Boyd. Regarding the outgoing chairman, he added, “I’ve had the privilege of working alongside David for many years, and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity as we continue our call for long overdue action by the federal government.”
David Wright dutifully served as Chairman of the NWSC from December 2006 until his recent retirement from South Carolina state government on May 31, 2013. During his tenure as a South Carolina Commissioner, where he also served as Chairman of the commission, David testified before Congress on numerous occasions, led the Yucca Mountain Task Force nationally, and served three years as Chairman of the NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal. He is also the immediate past President of NARUC. David will continue to be active in the regulatory policy arena in the private sector. Notably, he will remain a member of the NWSC and serve on the Coalition’s Executive Committee in an ex-officio capacity.
“While the Coalition remains in the capable hands of Chairman Boyd, Commissioner David Wright’s leadership and unwavering focus on behalf of electric consumers in pushing the federal government to proceed with the Yucca Mountain repository has been greatly appreciated,” said US House Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “The federal government, and this Administration, must live up to its obligation to dispose of used nuclear fuel and fulfill a promise made to our citizens over 30 years ago.”
The NWSC is an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, consumer advocates, tribal governments, local governments, electric utilities, and other government and industry experts on nuclear waste policy matters. Its primary focus is to protect electric consumer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund and to support the removal and ultimate disposal of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stranded at numerous sites across the country.