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White House: Dispute at NRC not impacting safety
White House seeks to minimize accusations of bullying-style by NRC chairman Jaczko
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' White House chief of staff William Daley says a dispute among members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn't impaired the panel's work or jeopardized safety at the nation's 104 nuclear reactors.

Daley says the problems stem from the commission's "strong chairman" structure, in which the leader of the five-member panel has far greater powers than the remaining four commissioners.

In a letter to the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, Daley downplays tensions at the NRC and says commissioners have agreed to meet with a "trusted third party to promote a better dialogue."

Four of the five NRC commissioners wrote a letter saying they have "grave concerns" about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko (YAHTS'-koh). The letter says Jaczko's bullying style is creating a "chilled work environment at the NRC."

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