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08/11/2015 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Commissioner Julie Brown Elected to Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition Executive Committee


TALLAHASSEE — The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC or Coalition) elected Florida Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Julie Brown as a member of its Executive Committee today to lead the group’s efforts to expand membership. Commissioner Brown has engaged in NWSC activities since 2011 and has worked to mitigate the impacts of the federal government’s inaction on Florida electric consumers and taxpayers.

“As a charter member of the NWSC, the Florida PSC has long been actively involved in highlighting the federal government’s acceptance of billions from electric consumers across the US for the purpose of moving nuclear waste from utility plant sites to permanent disposal, something that was supposed to begin in 1998,” said Commissioner Brown.  “The Department of Energy still hasn’t picked up its first shipment and refuses to follow Nuclear Waste Policy Act provisions concerning Yucca Mountain.  I am honored to serve on the NWSC Executive Committee and work with our members to urge timely resolution.”

Commissioner Brown was first appointed to the Florida PSC in 2011 by Governor Charlie Crist and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to her appointment, she was Associate Legal Counsel of First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she handled a variety of legal issues in the Eastern, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions, including corporate compliance with regulatory authorities.

A member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Commissioner Brown serves on NARUC’s Committee on Gas, Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal, and on the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee; she previously served on NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. She chaired the Florida Legislature’s Study Committee on Investor-Owned Water and Wastewater Utility Systems and serves on the New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council.

About the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition
The NWSC is an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, consumer advocates, safety inspectors, tribal governments, local governments, nuclear-generating utilities, utilities with shutdown reactors, and other public and private sector experts. NWSC’s primary focus is to protect ratepayer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund and to support the removal and ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stranded at sites across the country. For more information, visit www.theNWSC.org

For additional PSC information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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