Republican Gov.-elect Judd Gregg on Saturday denounced a federal order that could speed licensing of the stalled Seabrook nuclear power plant and suggested that Gov. John Sununu helped get President Reagan to sign it. Mr. Sununu, a staunch advocate of the plant who on Thursday was named President-elect George Bush's chief of staff, denied any involvement and said through a spokesman he did not anticipate the order.
``The governor was totally taken by surprise by it,'' said spokesman Jerry Little.
The executive order, released by the White House on Friday, gives the Federal Emergency Management Agency broad new powers to carry out evacuation plans for nuclear power plants that have been unable to obtain commercial licenses because of state or local governmental opposition.