Former NRC chairs welcome in energy company boardrooms

By Laurie Bennett

August 30, 2011 at 12:11pm

Within months of leaving the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year, former chairman Dale E. Klein landed board positions with three energy companies.

He joined two Fortune 1000 firms - Southern Company and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation - and also became a board member of Pinnacle West’s main subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Company.

These positions supplement his income as associate vice chancellor of the University of Texas System.

Dale E. Klein
Dale E. Klein

Last year, his compensation from Southern Company and Pinnacle West exceeded $300,000.

Members of the NRC are forbidden from holding outside employment while in government. But they frequently join energy companies upon leaving.

The commission’s first chairman, former astronaut William Anders, headed GE’s nuclear products division after leaving the NRC. He went on to head General Dynamics.

The Muckety map above shows former NRC chairs and their ties to the energy industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, who has appeared in several Muckety posts because of her many connections, is a director of Marathon Oil and Public Service Enterprise Group.

Richard Meserve sits on the boards of Pacific Gas & Electric and its parent company, PG&E.

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