Baran confirmed by Senate, on close vote, for NRC spot

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, on Dec. 8 marked the fact that the full Senate confirmed Jeffery M. Baran with a vote of 52-40 to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a term ending June 30, 2018.

Boxer said: “I am so pleased that the full Senate has confirmed Jeffery Baran to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term ending in 2018. I believe he will help lead the NRC in a way that will increase the level of confidence the American people have in the safety of the nation’s nuclear facilities.”

The nomination was approved by the EPW Committee on Dec. 2 in a vote of 10 to eight. Baran will serve the remainder of NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane’s term, which ends on June 30, 2018.

Baran worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for over 11 years. He most recently served as Staff Director for Energy and Environment for the Democratic staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He previously served as senior counsel to the committee. Baran worked on a range of NRC issues, including new reactor licensing, existing reactor oversight and decommissioning, high-level and low-level waste, and uranium mining, milling, and enrichment.

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