July 6, 2011

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko to Address the National Press Club July 18

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will address the National Press Club at a luncheon on Monday, July 18.

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Jaczko will talk about lessons learned by the nuclear power industry in the aftermath of Japan's March 11 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which stands as the most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The NRC is scheduled to meet on July 19 to consider a report on the Fukushima disaster and how it pertains to the U.S. nuclear industry.

In May of 2009, President Obama appointed Jaczko chairman of the NRC, where he had served as a commissioner since 2005. Before Fukushima, Jaczko and the commission had been working to reinvigorate the U.S. nuclear sector. Electric utilities had been planning to begin building nuclear plants again after 30 years of inactivity, but in light of the Japan disaster, new questions have arisen.

The July 18 luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Jaczko's remarks will begin at 1:00, followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made by calling (202) 662-7501 or [email protected] Cost of luncheon admission is $18 for National Press Club members, $29 for their guests and $36 for general admission.

National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook (facebook.com/PressClubDC) and Twitter (@PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter, or email a question in advance, with JACZKO in the subject line, to [email protected] before 10 a.m. on July 18.

Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID.

The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.

The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club has 3,500 members representing most major news organizations. Each year, the Club holds more than 2,000 events including news conferences, luncheons and panels, and more than 250,000 guests come through its doors.

SOURCE National Press Club