President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, about a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation in oil markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says President Barack
Obama will nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki (svih-NIH'-kee) to
a new term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Republican lawmakers have been pressuring the White House to
renominate Svincki, who has served on the commission since 2008.
She was one of four NRC members who complained to Congress last
year that the NRC's Democratic chairman was an intimidating force
whose actions could compromise the nation's nuclear safety.
The commissioners - two Democrats and two Republicans - said NRC
Chairman Gregory Jaczko (YAHTS'-koh) was responsible for an
increasingly tense and unsettled work environment, and that women
at the NRC felt particularly threatened.
GOP senators called Obama's delay in renominating Svinicki, the
only woman on the NRC, retaliation for her complaint. Her current
term expires in June.