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Sandoval appoints acting director for the agency for nuclear projects



CARSON CITY–Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Joseph C. Strolin as acting director of the Agency for Nuclear Projects. The appointment is effective tomorrow.

“Placing service before self, Joe has honorably stepped forward and agreed to lead the Agency for Nuclear Projects during this interim period and for that I am grateful,” Sandoval said. “Joe’s experience implementing research regarding the potential effects of nuclear waste transportation on Nevada and its communities and his coordination with other state agencies, local governments and Indian tribes will be extremely beneficial as we move forward.”

Strolin, who has over 40 years’ experience managing public and private sector programs, previously served as planning division administrator for the Agency for Nuclear Projects until his retirement in 2009.

Studies and projects implemented by the Agency for Nuclear Projects Planning Division under Strolin’s leadership have generated over 200 reports on socioeconomic, transportation and risk effects of the proposed nuclear waste repository, both in Nevada and nationally. The studies spanned over 15 years and constituted the most intensive and comprehensive set of impact assessment studies carried out in the United States during this time.

Strolin has been working as a part-time consultant for the Agency for Nuclear Projects. That contract will be terminated before he assumes his duties as acting director. While employed as the acting director for the agency, Strolin will not be receiving his PERS retirement benefits.

Strolin does not intend to seek the permanent appointment; he has agreed to serve as acting director until the permanent director is appointed. The process for a permanent appointment under NRS 459.0093 provides that the governor shall appoint an executive director for the Agency for Nuclear Projects from a list of three qualified applicants provided to the governor by the Commission on Nuclear Projects.

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