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Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

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Director: Catherine Haney
Deputy Director: Scott Moore

The Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) is responsible for regulating activities which provide for the safe and secure production of nuclear fuel used in commercial nuclear reactors; the safe storage, transportation and disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel; and the transportation of radioactive materials regulated under the Atomic Energy Act. Ensures safety and security by implementing a regulatory program involving activities including licensing, inspection, assessment of licensee performance, events analysis, enforcement, and identification and resolution of generic issues. Develops and implements NRC policy for the regulation of these activities involving uranium recovery, conversion, and enrichment activities; fuel fabrication and development; transportation of nuclear materials, including certification of transport containers, and reactor spent fuel storage; and safe management and disposal of and spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Has lead responsibility within NRC for domestic and international safeguards policy and regulation for fuel cycle facilities, including material control and accountability. Conducts activities to ensure appropriate standards and regulatory guidance are in place such that licensing review activities for a potential Yucca Mountain high-level waste repository are completed in a timely, thorough and fiscally responsible manner. The Office also is responsible for regulation and licensing of recycling technologies intended to reduce the amount of waste to be disposed through geologic disposal and to reduce proliferation concerns since the technologies do not produce separated plutonium. In order to develop an appropriate regulatory framework, NMSS interacts with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and international experts in recycling during development, demonstration and deployment of new advanced recycling technologies that recycle nuclear fuel in a manner which does not produce separated plutonium. Creates and maintains the regulatory infrastructure to support the agency's role in licensing a reprocessing facility and a related fuel fabrication facility and vitrification and/or waste storage facility. Lays the groundwork for and prepares NRC to perform its regulatory role for new, expanded, and modified commercial fuel cycle facilities which may include recycling, transmutation and actinide burning. This framework including regulatory processes such as licensing, inspection, assessment of licensee performance, events analysis, and enforcement will ensure that this technology can be safely and securely implemented commercially in the United States. 

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Program Planning, Budgeting and Program Analysis Staff

Director: Andrew Imboden

The PBPA staff provides leadership and coordinates strategic and programmatic planning, resource forecasting and allocation, budgeting through the PBPM process and analysis of the office’s performance through coordination of the Performance Management Plan. PBPA also manages and coordinates the execution of the offices budget, financial plan and associated contracting activities. In addition, PBPA staff provides administrative and management support in the areas of human resources management, training, information technology, systems analysis, IT project management, and correspondence/action item control. The PBPA staff is responsible for maintaining office procedures and letters, ensuring that appropriate quality standards are maintained for work initiated at the office level, ensuring compliance with office and agency policies, standards and requirements and for supporting and coordinating knowledge management activities, internal controls, FOIA requests, office space, travel planning and utilization of travel resources. PBPA staff represents the office by participating in intra-agency and inter-agency special project focus groups established to advise management both internally and across the agency.

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Finance and Technology Management Branch

Chief: Bryan Champion

The Financial and Technology Management Branch provides overall administrative support in financial performance management for the office. This includes leading and coordinating strategic and programmatic planning the business lines supporting the work of the office, developing and implementing the Performance Plan and Performance Reports, internal controls, budgeting through the PBPM process, as well as managing and coordinating the execution of the office’s budget, financial plan and contracting activities with private contractors, Federal agencies and Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratories. This branch is also responsible for office mission-direct IT project management. Branch staff provides funding certification for purchase card requests and oversees the compilation of the Quarterly Advanced Procurement Plan and Funds Utilization Plan. Staff also ensures timely compilation and submittal of quarterly reports for fee billable and reimbursable expenditures.

Operations Management Branch

Chief: Pamela Easson

The Operations Management Branch provides overall administrative and management support specifically in the areas of Human Resources management, Diversity, Information Security, correspondence and action item control, property and space management, technical editing and FOIA coordination. Branch staff maintains the office’s policies and procedures and Office Instructions to include the NMSS Delegation of Authority and ensures that deadlines are met and appropriate quality standards are maintained for work initiated at the office level.  The Operations Branch is responsible for coordinating and managing office space and staff placements, information technology support, information and IT security, records management and File Plan maintenance, managing the purchase card process within the office, NRC and NMSS property management, correspondence and internal controls and for ensuring the timely and accurate submission of Time and Labor for the office.


Yucca Mountain Directorate

Director: Josephine Piccone
Deputy Director: James Rubenstone

The Yucca Mountain Directorate’s (YMD) primary responsibility is to complete and issue the Safety Evaluation Report (SER) associated with the Yucca Mountain construction authorization application.  Ensures technical completeness, accuracy, and consistency within assigned technical responsibilities to render a safety finding pursuant to applicable NRC regulations and policies.  Interfaces with Office of the General Counsel and divisions within NMSS, and other offices (e.g., Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, Office of Information Services, and the Office of the Secretary) on programs related to the Division's responsibilities.  Serves as focal point for all internal and external communications related to the Yucca Mountain licensing review activities.

Yucca Mountain Volume 2 & 3 Branch

Chief: Jack Guttmann

The branch has primary responsibility for completing and issuing Volume 2, "Repository Safety Before Permanent Closure," and Volume 3, "Repository Safety After Permanent Closure," of the SER for the Yucca Mountain license application.  Technical support is provided to the other branch, as needed. 

Yucca Mountain Volume 4 & 5 Branch

Chief: King Stablein

The branch has primary responsibility for completing and issuing Volume 4, "Administrative and Programmatic," and Volume 5, "License Specifications & Conditions" of the SER for the Yucca Mountain license application.  Technical support is provided to the other branch, as needed. 

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Division of Material Safety, States, Tribal, and Rulemaking Programs

Director: Laura Dudes
Deputy Director: Pamela Henderson

Oversees and implements the National Materials Program to enable the safe and secure use of radioactive materials in medical, industrial, and academic applications for beneficial civilian purposes.  Develops policy and procedures for assessing performance and provides technical support and guidance to the Regions for materials licensing, inspection, and enforcement activities. Responds to allegations received by the office involving NRC materials licensees and manages allegations involving Agreement State programs. Maintains the Nuclear Materials Events Database, assesses materials events reported to NRC, analyzes licensee performance and evaluates event trends.  Responsible for the sealed source and device, general license, master materials license, and exempt distribution licensing programs.

Provides guidance to States intending to become Agreement States and reviews new applications for Section 274b Agreements in coordination with other NRC offices and the Regions. Coordinates with the Agreement States to plan and provide for compatibility in regulatory approaches. Reviews Agreement State programs for continued adequacy to protect public health and safety and evaluates compatibility with NRC’s regulatory program through the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program. Coordinates with Regional State Agreement Officers (RSAOs) and provides program direction and guidance. Provides technical support for training of regional and Agreement State licensing and inspection staffs. Makes the NRC determination required by Section 274c prior to Agreement State termination of uranium milling licenses. Responsible for coordination with Agreement States on Section 274i Agreements.

Responsible for safety and security interface issues between NRC and the Agreement States. Oversees the development and nationwide implementation and integration of source security enhancement initiatives. Coordinates with the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) on the necessary contingency planning and emergency response operations associated with source, byproduct and special nuclear material under its purview.   Incorporates information technology tools into the National Materials Program and manages the use of these tools to improve the safety and control of licensed and registered radioactive materials.

Establishes and maintains effective communications and working relationships between the NRC and States, local governments, other Federal agencies and Native American Tribal Governments  to promote greater awareness and mutual understanding of the policies, activities, and concerns of all parties involved, as they relate to NRC and Agreement State regulated facilities. Serves as the primary contact for policy matters between NRC and these external groups.  Coordinates information exchange to and from the NRC's Regional State Liaison Officers (RSLOs) in support of the activities of the office. Maintains coordination and communication with the Governor-appointed State Liaison Officers in all 50 States on materials, waste, security and reactor program issues. Administrates the Advisory Committee on Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI).  Represents NRC in international activities in its area of responsibility in coordination with the Office of International Programs (OIP).  Helps facilitate and coordinate any State participation in such activities.

Develops, in consultation with the Agreement States, and NRC Offices, where appropriate, needed regulations for the office and NSIR. Coordinates the review and planning of all rulemaking activities, including the development of environmental review documentation, related to waste, materials, fuel cycle, transportation, storage, or disposal and security.  Monitors and schedules rulemaking to ensure that rules are developed in the time frame specified by the Commission. Coordinates with the Low-Level Waste Branch and other internal and external stakeholders on issues associated with state regulation of low-level waste.  Develops regulatory products (such as guidance documents) to implement rulemaking.  Develops and coordinates policy for NRC/Agreement State Working Groups (e.g., Management Directive 5.3).

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Materials Safety Licensing Branch

Chief: Hipolito Gonzales

Develops and implements technical and policy guidance related to sealed sources and devices for NRC and Agreement States.  Conducts safety evaluation reviews of sealed sources and devices and issues registrations.  Provides program oversight for the general license program including the generally-licensed device registration program.  Responsible for the programmatic direction of materials uses associated with academic and industrial uses of byproduct materials, including direction to the Regions and technical assistance to Agreement States and to industrial and academic licensees across the country.  Coordinates with other MSTR branches to maintain, revise, and update all industrial and academic licensing Regulatory Guides, Standard Review Plans, Inspection Manual Chapters, inspection procedures, and Management Directives, within the office purview.  Conducts the exempt distribution licensing program. Provides program oversight for the master materials license program.  Maintains materials licensing database management systems, including the Sealed Source and Device Registry and the General License Tracking System. Provides Radiation Safety Officer function for the agency and manages the dosimetry contract.

Medical Safety & Events Assessment Branch

Chief: Christian Einberg

Assesses reported events involving byproduct materials and supports the process for determining  Abnormal Occurrences with the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES).  Coordinates dissemination of byproduct materials events information both internally and externally (e.g., to NRC management, Regional Offices, and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Nuclear Events Scale database).  Maintains the Nuclear Materials Events Database and evaluates event trends for NRC and Agreement State licensees.  Serves as primary interface with the Department of Energy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and provides funding and coordination for the Orphan Source program.  Decides which, if any, materials licensees will be discussed at the Agency Action Review Meeting (AARM) and coordinates with the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR).  Responsible for coordination and training for incident response teams and development of policy for NMSS.  Supports development of emergency preparedness and emergency response policy for NMSS.  Coordinates with the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) for contingency planning and emergency response operations.  Manages allegation programs for NMSS and the Office of International Programs (OIP) and coordinates allegations with NRC Regions and Agreement States, as necessary.  Responds to allegations involving NRC licensees and manages Agreement State Performance Concerns.  Maintains the Technical Assistance Request (TAR) database for byproduct materials.

Responsible for the programmatic direction and development of policy for the medical use of radioactive materials.  Provides support and technical assistance to the Regions and Agreement States for licensing and inspection. Supports the Agreement States Program branch for new Agreement State reviews, IMPEP program reviews, and Agreement State regulation reviews involving the medical use of radioactive material. Coordinates with the Rulemaking and Project Management Branch and Materials Safety Licensing Branch to maintain, revise, and update medical licensing guidance, Inspection Manual Chapters, inspection procedures, Management Directives, regulations, and policy statements related to the medical use of radioactive material. Serves as the primary interface under an MOU with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for drugs and medical devices that contain radioactive material.  Responsible for administration of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI).  Plans and coordinates all ACMUI activities and serves as the Designated Federal Officer.

Agreement States Program Branch

Chief: Duncan White

Leads the Agreement State Program and develops policy and procedures for assessing Agreement State and NRC regional performance of materials licensing and inspection activities.  Manages the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program (IMPEP).  Provides guidance to states intending to become Agreement States and reviews new applications for Section 274b Agreements, in coordination with other NRC offices and the Regions. Coordinates with the Agreement States to plan and provide for compatibility review of State regulations. Provides program direction and guidance for the Regional State Agreement Officers (RSAOs). Responsible for communications system support, (e.g., State contacts database, list servers, and public website).  Serves as NRC’s liaison with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and Organization of Agreement States (OAS).  Responsible for safety and security interface issues between NRC and the Agreement States.  Provides technical support for training of regional and Agreement State materials licensing and inspection staff. Makes the NRC determination required by Section 274c prior to Agreement State termination of uranium milling licenses.  Provides guidance on NRC – Agreement State jurisdictional issues.  Coordinates with the Low-Level Waste Branch and other internal or external stakeholders on issues associated with state regulation of low-level waste.

Federal, State, & Tribal Liaison Branch

Chief: Paul Michalak

Manages the NRC’s Federal, State and Tribal Liaison Program, which is partially implemented by the Regional State Liaison Officers (RSLOs), and serves as the primary contact for policy matters between the NRC and State and local governments, Federal agencies, and Native American Tribal governments.  Develops and coordinates policy for intergovernmental consultations and cooperation with States.  Serves as the NRC’s primary interface for communications between the NRC and certain non-governmental interstate and professional organizations interested in nuclear matters, such as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).  Establishes and maintains effective communication between the NRC and these entities to obtain greater awareness and mutual understanding of the policies, activities, and concerns of all parties involved as they relate to radiological safety at NRC-regulated facilities.  Manages the State Liaison Officer program and coordinates the National State Liaison Officer bi-annual conference.  Coordinates information exchange with the RSLOs in support of the activities of the agency including the communication of reactor and fuel cycle safety and security issues among NRC, States and Tribes.  Manages Tribal Liaison staff who facilitate government-to-government consultation with Tribes for programmatic issues and who perform general outreach to Tribes.  Provides appropriate training of NRC staff prior to their interactions with Tribal governments.  Provides coordination and support for Safety Culture program issues for the office.  Coordinates with the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) and the Headquarters Operations Officer (HOO) on the necessary contingency planning and incident response for State Desk communications associated with reactor and fuel cycle events.  Facilitates communications with State and Tribal contacts by maintaining a database of State and Tribal contacts and their contact information (e.g. Governors, State Liaison Officers, Radiation Control Program Directors, advance notification contacts, Tribal officials), list servers, an external Tribal portal, and a public website supporting the National Materials Program.  Responsible for RSLO coordination with Agreement States on Section 274i Agreements.  Supports Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program (IMPEP) reviews and Agreement State regulation reviews, as needed.  Participates on behalf of NRC in international activities in its area of responsibility in coordination with the NRC’s Office of International Programs (OIP).  Helps facilitate and coordinate any State or Tribal participation in such activities.

Source Management & Protection Branch

Chief: Adelaide Giantelli

Provides programmatic and technical leadership and support for the safety, security, and control of radioactive materials. Oversees the development and nationwide implementation and integration of the various initiatives to enhance source security. Oversees the coordination of the Radiation Source Protection and Security Task Force (Task Force) activities for NMSS and leads or participates on associated Task Force subgroups. Oversees the implementation of the actions taken to ensure program effectiveness relating to source tracking and license verification, including the development, update, and maintenance of the National Source Tracking System, the License Verification System, and the Web-Based Licensing System. Provides primary interface with the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) on matters relating to safety and security of radioactive materials. Provides the office interface with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Provides support to pertinent rulemaking and guidance development activities and provides support to the Agreement States Programs  Branch for Integrated Performance Materials Evaluation Program (IMPEP) reviews.

Rulemaking & Project Management Branch

Chief: James Danna

Develops regulations, in consultation with other NRC offices and the Agreement States, to support regulatory activities for the Fuel Facilities, Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation, Nuclear Materials Users, and Decommissioning and Low-level Waste Business Lines.  Develops, documents, and implements policies and procedures needed for effective, coherent, consistent, and understandable regulations.  Provides agency-wide training on rulemaking processes. Supports agency-wide activities to coordinate and prioritize rulemaking activities and address rulemaking issues. Prepares regulatory analyses, including cost analyses and backfit analyses, for proposed and final rulemakings. Leads the resolution of rulemaking petitions submitted under 10 CFR 2.802 that are related to the Fuel Facilities, Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation, Nuclear Materials Users, and Decommissioning and Low-level Waste Business Lines.  Leads or assists in the development of regulatory bases for rulemakings, guidance documents, and policy statements. Manages the contracts necessary to support the development of regulatory products and coordinates with other divisions, offices, government agencies, and national and international scientific and standards organizations having related responsibilities. Tracks, develops, coordinates, and analyzes OMB Clearance renewals. Coordinates with other divisions to develop and issue the NMSS Materials Licensee Newsletter. Supports IMPEP program reviews and Agreement State regulation reviews. Provides project management support to other NMSS organizations as needed.

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Division of Spent Fuel Management

Director: Mark Lombard
Deputy Director: Anthony Hsia

Develops and implements the agency's regulatory, licensing, and inspection program for the safe and secure storage of nuclear reactor spent fuel and the domestic and international transportation of radioactive materials. Serves as the agency lead in spent fuel storage and transportation activities. Develops licensing, certification, and quality assurance review criteria and policies. Manages and conducts the safety reviews of:  (1) commercial transportation cask designs under 10 CFR Part 71 and spent fuel storage cask designs under 10 CFR Part 72, including the certification of storage systems under the general license provisions of 10 CFR Part 72; and (2) interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities, including the licensing of nuclear utility specific facilities and private facilities. Conducts safety inspections of transport packages, spent fuel storage system vendors, and coordinates inspections of independent spent fuel storage installations with regional inspectors.  Conducts inspections of the implementation of quality assurance programs by users, suppliers, and fabricators of NRC-certified transport packages and dry storage systems.  Approves quality assurance programs for transportation activities and for fabrication of transportation packaging.  Develops policy, regulations, and guidance for designers, users, and fabricators of NRC-certified transportation packages and dry spent fuel storage casks.  Coordinates with, and supports, the Environmental Review Branch to prepare associated environmental assessment documentation.  Provides technical and policy guidance to the NRC Regions and licensees on transportation and spent fuel storage. Coordinates and develops guidance with other U.S. Government and International Agencies on transportation policy and safety and security issues, and provides guidance to industry and the public.  Participates in the development of international transportation and spent fuel storage safety and security standards.   Represents NRC in international activities in its area of responsibility in coordination with the Office of International Programs.  Reviews and provides guidance on transportation physical protection issues.    Provides technical support for incident and emergency response.

Integrates and implements science and technical regulatory activities including safety assessment aspects of the geosciences and other technical areas, as appropriate. Serves as the center for technical expertise in seismic, geotechnical, radioactive material storage, radionuclide transport, and other ancillary areas.  Develops methods and guidance required for performing technical and regulatory evaluations in areas of extended fuel storage and transportation, ultimate disposal of radioactive waste, and supporting back end of the fuel cycle licensing, inspections and integration programs.   Ensures technical completeness, accuracy, and consistency within assigned technical responsibilities. Coordinates and integrates technical studies with other NMSS divisions, other NRC offices, and other U.S. Government Agencies, as appropriate.

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Criticality, Shielding & Risk Assessment Branch

Chief: Meraj Rahimi

Conducts the technical safety review, with focus on criticality, shielding, radiation protection, dose assessment, and risk analysis areas of commercial transportation cask designs under 10 CFR Part 71.  This includes transportation containers for spent fuel, UF6, fresh fuel, oxides, contaminated waste, sealed sources, and Naval Reactor shipments.  Conducts the technical safety review of spent fuel storage cask designs under 10 CFR Part 72, including the certification of storage systems under the general license provisions of 10 CFR Part 72.   Conducts the technical safety reviews of interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72, including the licensing of nuclear utility specific facilities and private facilities.  Conducts the technical safety review of DOE applications for storage and transport systems for the civilian high-level radioactive waste program. Develops technical guidance for the design, analysis, fabrication, and operation of spent fuel and non-spent fuel shipping containers under 10 CFR Part 71, and spent fuel storage cask designs, and interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72.  Provides technical support for issuance of technical and policy guidance to the NRC Regions and licensees on transportation and spent fuel storage.  Provides technical support for incident and emergency response.  Develops the technical bases and manages the program for risk-informing for spent fuel transportation and storage regulatory activities.

Containment, Structural & Thermal Branch

Chief: Christian Araguas

Conducts the technical safety review, with focus on thermal, structural mechanics and containment areas, of commercial transportation cask designs under 10 CFR Part 71. This includes transportation containers for spent fuel, UF6, fresh fuel, oxides, contaminated waste, sealed sources, and Naval Reactor shipments. Conducts the technical safety review of spent fuel storage cask designs under 10 CFR Part 72, including the certification of storage systems under the general license provisions of 10 CFR Part 72. Conducts the technical safety reviews of interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72, including the licensing of nuclear utility specific facilities and private facilities. Conducts the technical safety review of DOE applications for storage and transport systems for the civilian high-level radioactive waste program. Develops technical guidance for the design, analysis, fabrication, and operation of spent fuel and non-spent fuel shipping containers under 10 CFR Part 71, and spent fuel storage cask designs, and interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72. Provides technical support for issuance of technical and policy guidance to the NRC Regions and licensees on transportation and spent fuel storage.   Provides technical support for incident and emergency response.

Long Term Spent Fuel Management Branch

Chief: (Vacant)

Provides project management and technical evaluation to support safety programs for long-term management and disposition of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste.  The branch serves as the center for technical expertise for spent fuel disposition, including systems analysis and risk assessment.  Develops methods and guidance required for performing technical and regulatory evaluations in areas of extended fuel storage and transportation, ultimate disposal of high-level radioactive waste, and reprocessing.  Ensures technical completeness, accuracy, and consistency within assigned technical responsibilities.

Spent Fuel Licensing Branch

Chief: Michele Sampson

Manages and coordinates the safety, security, and environmental reviews and issues initial licenses and amendments for spent fuel storage cask designs under 10 CFR Part 72, including the certification of storage systems under the general license provisions of 10 CFR Part 72. Manages and coordinates the safety, security, and environmental reviews and issues initial licenses and amendments for the interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72, including the licensing of nuclear utility specific facilities and private facilities. Manages and coordinates the safety, security, and environmental reviews and issues licenses for DOE applications for storage and transport systems. Manages and coordinates the safety, security, and environmental reviews and issues certificates of compliance for transportation cask designs under 10 CFR Part 71. This includes transportation containers for fissile material and Type B quantities, such as spent fuel, UF6, fresh fuel, contaminated waste, sealed sources, and Naval Reactor shipments. Provides technical support for development of guidance for the design, analysis, fabrication, and operation of spent fuel and non-spent fuel shipping containers under 10 CFR Part 71; and spent fuel storage cask designs, and interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72. Coordinates and develops guidance with other U.S. Government and International Agencies on transportation and spent fuel storage policy and safety and security issues, and provides guidance to industry and the public.  Participates in the development of international transportation and spent fuel storage safety and security standards.  Coordinates with, and supports, the Environmental Review Branch in the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety, Safeguards, and Environmental Review.

Renewals and Materials Branch

Chief: Aladar Csontos

Supports the NMSS mission to protect the public health, safety, and environment by providing technical safety reviews of commercial transportation cask designs under 10 CFR Part 71, including transportation containers for spent fuel, UF6, fresh fuel, oxides, contaminated waste, sealed sources, and Naval Reactor shipments; spent fuel storage cask designs under 10 CFR Part 72, including the certification of storage systems under the general license provisions of 10 CFR Part 72; and interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72, including the licensing of nuclear utility specific facilities and private facilities.  Also provides the program management and technical safety reviews associated with renewals of independent spent fuel storage installations under 10 CFR Part 72 for holders of specific licenses and certificates of compliance.  Coordinates with the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research to conduct research and develop technical guidance for renewals.  Coordinates with NRC Regions to develop and implement inspection guidance related to renewal of storage facilities.   Furthermore, develops technical guidance for the design, analysis, fabrication, and operation of spent fuel and non-spent fuel shipping containers under 10 CFR Part 71, and spent fuel storage cask designs, and interim spent fuel and high-level waste storage facilities under 10 CFR Part 72 to include renewal guidance. Provides technical support for issuance of technical and policy guidance to the NRC Regions and licensees on transportation and spent fuel storage. Provides technical support for incident and emergency response and develops the technical bases for risk-informing regulatory programs for spent fuel transportation and storage.

Inspections & Operations Branch

Chief: Patricia Silva

Provides overall management for the transportation and spent fuel storage inspection program.  Develops inspection policy, procedures, and guidance to the NRC Regions on transportation and spent fuel storage.  Provides the necessary infrastructure to support continuous improvement of the inspection program and other division operations.  Coordinates division efforts related to policy, regulations, and guidance for designers, users, and fabricators of NRC certified transportation packages and dry spent fuel storage casks.  Conducts inspections of transport package and spent fuel storage system vendors to assess compliance with regulations and the license or certificate.  Provides technical and programmatic assistance to the NRC Regions in conducting safety inspections of independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSIs).  Reviews and approves quality assurance program descriptions for 10 CFR Part 71 activities.  Serves as the NRC point-of-contact with the U.S. Department of Transportation for transportation safety matters, and as a center of expertise for transportation safety.  Participates with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and other U.S. Government and International Agencies in the development of international transportation and spent fuel storage safety standards and guidance on transportation policy and safety issues.  Coordinates with the Rulemaking and Project Management Branch in the Division of Materials Safety, States, Tribal, and Rulemaking for spent fuel storage license rulemaking activities.  Has the lead in the division to coordinate spent fuel storage and transportation enforcement activities and security issues resolution.

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Division of Fuel Cycle Safety, Safeguards & Environmental Review

Director: Marissa Bailey
Deputy Director: (Vacant)

Develops, implements, and evaluates overall agency safety policy for fuel cycle and special nuclear material (SNM) facilities licensed under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or certified in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 – including various technologies for uranium enrichment, conversion and deconversion, fabrication of both uranium and mixed oxide reactor fuels and processing facilities . Directs the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) principal licensing, certification, inspection, and other regulatory activities associated with these facilities to assure adequate safety and safeguards.  Serves as the focus for the development and issuance of all office environmental review documents (including fuel cycle and uranium recovery facilities), such as Environmental Impact Statements and preparation and review of all office Environmental Assessments, and associated activities.  Identifies and takes action to resolve safety and safeguards issues, and directs NRC's contingency planning and emergency response operations dealing with accidents, events, incidents, threats, thefts, and radiological sabotage relating to licensed activities under its responsibility. Provides technical support for training and guidance to NRC headquarters and regional office licensing and inspection staff.

Maintains regulatory infrastructure to support licensing and inspection of fuel cycle facilities.  Implements programs to provide Integrated Safety Analysis reviews of facilities licensed under Parts 40 and 70.  Conducts MC&A reviews of NRC-regulated facilities.  Serves as the lead for domestic and international safeguards policy and regulation for fuel cycle facilities, including MC&A and environmental activities.  Represents NRC in international activities in its area of responsibility in coordination with the Office of International Programs. 

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Material Control & Accounting Branch

Chief: Peter Habighorst

Plans, coordinates, and manages the development and implementation of policies and programs for material control and accounting (MC&A) for all NRC regulated facilities.  Conducts technical and regulatory reviews of the MC&A programs at NRC licensed facilities.  Implements the application of International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards for all NRC-licensed facilities.  Conducts activities to enhance safeguards programs in other countries and promote nuclear non-proliferation.  Provides oversight and management of the U.S. National Accounting System for tracking transfers and possession of special nuclear material (SNM).  Plans, coordinates, and manages contingency planning and emergency response activities for safeguards events at fuel cycle facilities and assesses event reports.

Programmatic Oversight & Regional Support Branch

Chief: Margaret Kotzalas

Provides overall management for the fuel cycle oversight program.  Develops policies, practices, procedures, and the necessary infrastructure to support implementation, assessment, and continuous enhancement of the fuel cycle oversight and inspection programs.  Provides program and technical support to the regions for implementing the fuel cycle inspection program.  Responsible for events assessment and the Agency’s operating experience program for fuel cycle facilities.  Manages policy and implementation issues associated with quality assurance and corrective action programs for fuel facilities.  Maintains a center of excellence within the Division for criticality safety and integrated safety analysis and risk assessment issues.

Environmental Review Branch

Chief: Lydia Chang

Provides environmental review services primarily in support of the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) licensing activities and rulemaking activities.  Develops environmental impact statements (EISs) and complex environmental assessments (EAs) with a focus on support of decommissioning activities, uranium recovery licensing, and fuel cycle licensing, spent fuel and transportation licensing.  Develops EISs and complex EAs for complex NMSS rulemaking activities.  Conducts scoping and public meetings and supports hearings.  Coordinates with other Federal and State agencies in developing and finalizing EISs and complex EAs.  Reviews other agencies’ EISs and EAs that may impact NRC mission or NMSS activities and resolve issues with those agencies in these areas.  Conducts National Historic Preservation Act section 106 consultations.  Provides environmental guidance and training related to decommissioning and uranium recovery, fuel cycle, spent fuel, and rulemaking activities for NMSS and the Regions, and provides technical support as requested.

Fuel Manufacturing Branch

Chief: Robert Johnson, Jr.

Plans, coordinates, and manages the overall development and implementation of policies and programs for NRC regulation of activities involving uranium and mixed oxide fuel fabrication and other special nuclear material (SNM) facilities. Oversees the development and promulgation of regulatory requirements, development of policy, and the conduct of licensing reviews related to such facilities. Issues new, amended, and renewed licenses upon completion of staff review and finding of regulatory compliance. Provides technical support and guidance to the regions on licensing and inspection activities.  Reviews programmatic activities and identifies technical and policy options for regulations, regulatory guides, and policy statements related to fuel fabrication and other SNM facilities.  Plans and coordinates Licensee Performance Reviews and the screening process for the Agency Action Review Meetings.  Maintains a center of excellence within the Division for chemical safety issues and the licensing process.

Enrichment & Conversion Branch

Chief: Brian Smith

Plans, coordinates, and manages the overall development and implementation of policies and programs for NRC regulation of activities involving uranium enrichment, conversion and deconversion facilities.  Oversees the development and promulgation of regulatory requirements, development of policy, and the conduct of licensing reviews related to such facilities. Issues new, amended, and renewed licenses upon completion of staff review and finding of regulatory compliance.  Provides technical support and guidance to the regions on licensing and inspection activities.  Reviews programmatic activities and identifies technical and policy options for regulations, regulatory guides, and policy statements related to enrichment, conversion, deconversion and other fuel cycle facilities.  Plans and coordinates Licensee Performance Reviews and the screening process for the Agency Action Review Meetings.  Manages policy and implementation issues associated with the handling of sensitive information.  Maintains a center of excellence within the Division for cyber security, fire protection and health physics issues.

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Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, & Waste Programs

Director: Larry Camper
Deputy Director: Drew Persinko

Manages the NRC's program for the regulation of Decommissioning, Low-Level Waste (LLW) and Uranium Recovery in close coordination with other Federal agencies, States, and Native American Tribal Governments, licensees and the public. Oversees decommissioning and cleanup of contaminated sites, safe management and disposal of LLW, and uranium recovery activities.  Provides programmatic and technical support to Agreement States on uranium recovery, decommissioning, and LLW issues including support for IMPEP reviews, regulation reviews, and new Agreements.  Develops and implements the regulatory program under the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985 (LLRWPAA), the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA), the West Valley Demonstration Project Act, the Ronald Reagan Defense Authorization Act and implementation of the license termination criteria in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.  Represents NRC in international waste management and decommissioning activities in coordination with the Office of International Programs.  In accordance with the Ronald Reagan Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA), consults with DOE on its incidental waste determinations for selected sites and monitors DOE incidental waste disposal activities. Serves as the NRC's lead for ensuring the safe implementation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Remedial Action Plans, for Title I sites under UMTRCA.  

Serves as the focal point for implementing the NRC's materials, power and non-power reactor decommissioning programs.  Manages complex decommissioning activities and conducts safety reviews and inspections related to decommissioning. Provides project management for power reactors, research and test reactors, uranium recovery facilities, and materials facilities undergoing decommissioning and terminates licenses when decommissioning is complete. Reviews reactor, uranium recovery, and materials license financial assurance plans for decommissioning and issues licenses and license amendments related to sites undergoing decommissioning.

Oversees the licensing and inspection of new and operational conventional and in-situ leach milling/mining facilities. Promulgates regulatory requirements and develops policy related to the licensing and operation of these facilities. Reviews license applications and performs safety reviews related to such facilities.  Reviews and approves reclamation and ground water protection plans for uranium recovery sites.  Coordinates with the Environmental Review Branch to prepare National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for uranium recovery facilities.

Serves as the focus for implementation and overall coordination of the LLW program. Performs non-HLW performance analyses and reviews using risk informed approaches for non-routine and complex cases to demonstrate compliance with regulatory standards for the Decommissioning and LLW programs, as well as DOE incidental waste determinations and other programs as practicable.

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Reactor Decommissioning Branch

Chief: Bruce Watson

Serves as NRC’s center of excellence for power reactor decommissioning. Implements the Decommissioning Program in coordination with NRR, primarily for power reactors and research and test reactors undergoing decommissioning. Manages complex decommissioning activities for reactor and some materials facility decommissioning and terminates licenses when decommissioning is complete. Reviews and approves decommissioning and license termination plans, final status survey reports, decommissioning financial assurance documents and license amendment requests related to sites undergoing decommissioning and prepares Environmental Assessments and Safety Evaluations supporting these reviews. Develops decommissioning policy and guidance, manages programmatic activities, and implements international aspects of the Decommissioning Program.  Develops, assesses, and implements decommissioning program improvements plan, manages tracking systems for decommissioning complex sites, and prepares annual reports on decommissioning. Implements an active interface program, including ongoing consultation with Federal and State regulatory authorities, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to ensure that they are involved in the decommissioning process, as appropriate, to identify and resolve concerns in a timely manner and to promote understanding of NRC’s decommissioning program.

Materials Decommissioning Branch

Chief: Michael Norato

Serves as NRC’s center of excellence for materials site decommissioning. Implements the Decommissioning Program primarily for complex material (non-power reactor) sites and for former uranium recovery sites under Title I and Title II of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). Manages decommissioning activities at materials facilities and terminates licenses when decommissioning is complete. Reviews and approves decommissioning plans, final status survey reports, decommissioning financial assurance documents and license amendments related to sites undergoing decommissioning and prepares Environmental Assessments and Safety Evaluations supporting these reviews. Manages the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) sites and certain unique decommissioning material sites such as Hematite and UNC Church Rock. Interfaces with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on decommissioning policy matters, implements all aspects of NRC/EPA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on consultation, and implements NRC/USACE MOU on FUSRAP.  Manages NRC jurisdictional authority and policy development for both military and commercial sites with radium contamination. Implements an active interface program, including ongoing consultation with Federal and State regulatory authorities, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to ensure that they are involved in the decommissioning process, as appropriate, to identify and resolve concerns in a timely manner and to promote understanding of NRC’s decommissioning program. MDB is the lead Branch for remediation at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

Performance Assessment Branch

Chief: Christopher McKenney

Performs high quality, realistic performance assessment (PA) analyses and reviews. Performs PA analyses and reviews for non-routine and complex cases to determine compliance with regulatory standards for LLW and Decommissioning programs, as well as DOE incidental waste determinations and other programs as practicable. Assists in carrying out the agency's mission with respect to environmental protection and uranium recovery by reviewing the adequacy of groundwater monitoring programs and groundwater modeling assessments. Harmonizes and minimizes inconsistencies within the NRC and with other Federal Agencies in approaches and methods for carrying out dose/risk assessments, including selection of proper models, codes, and parameters to demonstrate compliance with dose/risk regulatory standards and limits. Provides inter-/intra-agency harmonization and development of Multi-Agency protocols related to PA and dose/risk assessment. Coordinates with Office of Research to ensure regulatory commitments are achieved. Reviews decommissioning financial assurance plans and instruments for both decommissioning reactor and materials licenses.

Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch

Chief: Randolph Von Till

Implements oversight and licensing of uranium recovery facilities (in-situ recovery (ISR), conventional, and heap leach).  First priority is to perform oversight of operating uranium recovery facilities consisting of project management and technical support to Region IV on inspections.  The second priority is the licensing of uranium recovery sites, existing sites and new applications. This function consists of project management of major and minor licensing actions, technical review and safety evaluations, and coordination with the Environmental Review Branch, Region IV, and OGC.  The third priority is the development of policy and guidance.. Implements an active interface program, including ongoing consultation with Federal and State regulatory authorities, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to ensure that they are involved in the uranium recovery process, as appropriate, and to promote understanding of NRC’s decommissioning and uranium recovery program. Provides technical assistance to the Agreement States and supports new Agreement State reviews, IMPEP program reviews, and Agreement State regulation reviews. Provides technical assistance for uranium recovery decommissioning and international programs as needed.

Low-Level Waste Branch

Chief: Gregory Suber

Develops and implements NRC’s Low-Level Waste (LLW) regulatory program. Coordinates with, and provides technical assistance to Agreement States on LLW issues. Implements an active interface program including ongoing consultation with Federal and state officials, Indian Tribes, and other entities to promote understanding of LLW issues and to resolve concerns in a timely manner. Evaluates proposals for alternative methods of disposal of low activity waste (LAW). Coordinates with other offices and regional staff on LLW issues. Implements NRC's responsibilities under the Ronald Reagan National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA), which requires NRC to consult with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on its incidental waste determinations for selected DOE sites and to monitor DOE’s incidental waste disposal actions. Provides technical assistance to the Agreement States and supports new Agreement State reviews, IMPEP program reviews, and Agreement State regulation reviews. Represents NRC in international waste management activities and reviews LLW-related import/export requests.  Leads international activities related to decommissioning, participates in the development and review of international standards, such as those developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), develops the national report on the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and coordinates the exchange of information with foreign countries with respect to decommissioning.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, October 07, 2014