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Elmo Collins, regional administrator of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, speaks June 17, 2012, during an interview in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Associated Press)

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Kristine Svinicki's term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expires in June.

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President Obama nominated Kristine L. Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (NRC via Associated Press)

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President Obama nominated Kristine L. Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (NRC via Associated Press)

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Kristine Svinicki's term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expires in June.

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Kristine Svinicki's term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expires in June.

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Kristine Svinicki's term at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expires in June.

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Southern Company official Thomas A. Fanning called the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of two nuclear reactors "a monumental accomplishment for Southern Company, Georgia Power, our partners and the nuclear industry. (Associated Press)

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at a Senate Clean Air and Nuclear Safety subcommittee hearing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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** FILE ** Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko speaks to members of the media Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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** FILE ** In this May 26, 2011, file photo, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters is seen in Rockville, Md. The risk of an earthquake causing a severe accident at a nuclear power plant is up to 24 times greater than previously believed, according to an AP analysis of preliminary government data, and the nation’s nuclear regulator believes that a quarter of reactors may need modifications to make them safer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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Illustration by Schot NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam, Netherlands