US nuclear regulator withheld information: Report

The disaster at Japan`s plant in March focused new attention on how best to store nuclear waste.

Washington: The head of the US nuclear safety regulator did not break the law when he stopped a review of a proposed Nevada burial site for radioactive waste, but he "strategically" kept information from his fellow commissioners, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a report from the agency`s internal watchdog.

The confidential report is being studied by Republican lawmakers who are already fiercely critical of Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). They have accused him of helping end work on the Yucca Mountain waste site for political reasons.

The disaster at Japan`s Fukushima Daiichi plant in March focused new attention on how best to store nuclear waste, most commonly kept in pools near plants. In Japan, reactors and storage pools overheated after an earthquake and tsunami cut power, and officials have struggled to contain the radiation.
The US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee will hold a hearing on Jaczko`s actions and the NRC`s inspector general report on Tuesday.

Bureau Report

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