A day after the nuclear industry raised concerns about President Barack Obama’s two new nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, key Senate Democrats endorsed the picks, a sign that they could move quickly through the chamber this fall.

Obama on Tuesday nominated House staffer Jeffery M. Baran and former longtime NRC staffer Stephen G. Burns, both attorneys, to the commission, to replace two Democrats. George Apostolakis had left on June 30 at the end of his term, and William D. Magwood is to depart from his post 10 months early, on Aug. 31, to head the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency.

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