The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a joint confirmation hearing last week for two presidential nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison Macfarlane and Kristine Svinicki, and the committee hopes to schedule a vote to approve the nominations this week. The working deadline for a full Senate vote is June 30, when Ms. Svinicki’s term expires. Ms. Macfarlane was nominated May 24 to replace Gregory Jaczko, current NRC chairman, who announced three days prior his intention to resign as soon as a replacement could be confirmed.