U.S. Nuclear Safety Agency Chief, Accused Of Being A Bully, Resigns

AP

By Ray Henry and Matthew Daly

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that he is resigning amid accusations by fellow commissioners that he acted like a bully. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said in a written statement that it was the right time to step down, adding that he hoped his successor would keep a strong focus on safety.

Jaczko, 41, did not mention the bullying allegations in his statement, but he has been dogged by criticism that his unyielding style had created a chilled working environment at the nuclear commission, which oversees safety at the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors. The four other commissioners on the five-member panel had accused Jaczko (pictured above) of intimidation and bullying and said women at the agency felt especially threatened.