"It may surprise some of you to know that as of this year
, the supply of undergraduate-trained nuclear scientists
and engineers is at a 35-year low....
In addition, two-thirds of the nuclear engineering and radiation
science faculty are over age 45 with little ability to attract and
draw new and young talent to replace them in academia...
Current projections are that 76 percent of the nation's
professional nuclear workforce can retire within 5 years.
At the NRC, there are six times as many staff over the
age of 60 as staff under 30; a ratio of 6:1. For comparison
purposes, the same ratio at NASA is only 2:1."
The Honorable Greta Joy Dicus
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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