Agency Heads to Visit Asia This Month

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane is visiting Japan this week.
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Alex Brown
Dec. 2, 2013, 9:14 a.m.

Two top U.S. reg­u­lat­ors on en­ergy is­sues are head­ing to Asia this month on sep­ar­ate trips. En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy is trav­el­ing to China to chal­lenge its lead­ers on cli­mate change; Nuc­le­ar Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion Chair­wo­man Al­lis­on Mac­far­lane is meet­ing with lead­ers in South Korea and Ja­pan.

“Ac­tion must hap­pen, and it must hap­pen quickly in China,” Mc­Carthy said Monday, be­fore leav­ing on her trip next week. “I think, in a 2015 world, the two largest emit­ters of green­house gases [must] be at the table, and I think it’s im­port­ant China is with us.”

Mac­far­lane will key­note a Ja­pan­ese con­fer­ence on spent nuc­le­ar fuel; her agency as­sisted Ja­pan after a 2011 tsunami led to melt­downs at the Fukushi­ma Daii­chi nuc­le­ar-power plant.