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Atomic ‘Agnostic’ Named for U.S. NRC Ties Industry Growth to Aid

President Barack Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said atomic power can’t grow without government subsidies, criticized an industry-supported plan to dispose of spent fuel in Nevada, and said she was drawn to nuclear research because she got bored with geology.

“I would describe myself as agnostic; I’m neither pro-nuclear nor anti-nuclear,” Allison Macfarlane said in a June 2007 interview for the Atomic Show on The Podcast Network. “We’re not going to see a large expansion of nuclear power in this country unless there is a lot of government subsidy.”