[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that he will nominate Dr. Allison Macfarlane [official profile] as the new head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website]. Macfarlane is known as an advocate for safe nuclear waste removal and is notably opposed to the Yucca Mountain project [EPA backgrounder]. This project intended to build the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository deep within the Nevada mountain range as a storage facility for used nuclear reactor fuel...

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