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Boxer to hold briefing on Japan nuclear crisis

U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer announced today that she’s convening a briefing at 3:30 EST tomorrow on Capitol Hill with Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko to discuss the ongoing crisis at nuclear power facilities in Japan, as well as the potential ramifications for the United States.

The panel will also hear from Anthony Pietrangelo, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Edwin Lyman, senior scientist for global security at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Boxer, D-Calif., whose committee has oversight responsibilities on nuclear safety, also announced today that there will be a joint Full Committee and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety oversight hearing to examine these issues in the near future.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Good God, as if the situation weren’t bad enough, now the stupidest member of the U.S. Senate has involved herself.

    What next?

    Godzilla appears?

  • John W

    Guess you could say “Boxer briefs.”

  • The world could take a fantastic lesson through the way the Japanese have come together and with no whining, no finger-pointing, they have merely begun the daunting job of recovering. They are doing themselves proud with their sense of community and challenging work. It truly is sad that they need to be tested like this , yet it shows their most effective qualities.