By Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. reported Monday it elected former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dale E. Klein to its board of directors.

Klein is currently the associate vice president of research and associate director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He was chairman of the NRC from July 2006 to May 2009 and was a commissioner until March 2010. Prior to NRC, he was the assistant to the secretary of defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs from November 2001 to July 2006.

"Dr. Klein has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry," Southern Co. Chairman, President and CEO David M. Ratcliffe, in a statement. "He is an outstanding leader and he will be a valuable addition to the Southern Company board as construction moves forward on the nation's first two nuclear units in more than three decades."

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