Office of New Reactors
On this Page:
- Office of New Reactors
- Performance and Resource Management Staff
- Division of Advanced Reactors and Rulemaking
- Division of New Reactor Licensing
- Division of Site Safety and Environmental Analysis
- Division of Safety Systems and Risk Assessment
- Division of Engineering
- Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs
Director: Glenn Tracy
Deputy Director:Gary Holahan
Responsible for accomplishing key components of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's nuclear reactor safety mission for new reactor facilities licensed in accordance with 10 CFR Part 52. As such, NRO is responsible for regulatory activities in the primary program areas of siting, licensing and oversight for new commercial nuclear power reactors, to protect the public health, safety, and the environment and to promote the common defense and security. Works with the regions and other offices to accomplish the agency mission.
Performance and Resource Management Staff
Director: Constance Schum
Deputy Director: Mark Tonacci (Acting)
Manages and facilitates the performance and business functions for the office and new reactors business line, as appropriate. Specifically, facilitates programmatic internaI controIs through operating plan development, action tracking, and performance reporting for the business line; leads knowledge management activities as well as critical skills analysis and staffing plan development and maintenance of resource allocation and utilization for the office; and leads, manages, and facilitates the financial activities for the business line in budget formulation and execution through the planning, budgeting, and performance management process and contract management activities for the office.
Division of Advanced Reactors and Rulemaking
Director: Michael Mayfield
Deputy Director: Stephanie Coffin
Leads, manages, and facilitates advanced reactor projects (safety and environmental) including: pre-application activities, design approval application reviews, design certification application reviews, manufacturing license application reviews, construction permit/operating license reviews, and combined license application reviews. Leads stakeholder actions on issues pertaining to advanced reactor projects. Leads, manages, and facilitates the development of policy, rulemaking, and guidance for all activities involving the licensing of new and advanced reactors nuclear power plants. Leads stakeholder interactions on issues pertaining to new and advanced reactor policy, rulemaking, and guidance. Manages the internal guidance developed to support the licensing process. Acts as liaison with other offices for other rulemakings. Supports project management activities associated with planning and scheduling or licensing reviews of new reactors. Provides oversight and support of information management and technology including strategies for implementation, large-scale project management tools, schedule and resource planning and tracking, and organizational process improvements.
Division of New Reactor Licensing
Director: David Matthews
Deputy Director: Francis Akstulewicz
Deputy Director: Mark Delligatti
Leads, manages, and facilitates design certification application reviews, early site permit application reviews, combined license application reviews, and new reactor pre-application activities. Responsible for the project management (safety and environmental) of these applications. Develops and maintains the necessary technical and programmatic support for new reactor licensing activities, interaction with stakeholders on issues pertaining to large, light-water reactors, and issuance of design certifications and COLs.
Division of Site Safety and Environmental Analysis
Director: Scott Flanders
Deputy Director: Nilesh Chokshi
Responsible for the environmental portion of early site permit and COL application reviews. Develops and maintains the necessary regulatory infrastructure to support issuance of ESPs. Responsible for interactions with stakeholders on issues related to ESP activities including Congress, the Commission, ACRS, applicants, and other stakeholders.
Division of Safety Systems and Risk Assessment
Director: Charles Ader
Deputy Director: Kimberly Gruss-Hawkins
Performs site safety evaluations of site characteristics, site-related design parameters, and transient and accident analyses of large, light-water and advanced reactor licensing applications. Specifically, reviews probabilistic seismic hazard analyses; site hazards from nearby transportation, military, and industrial facilities; effects of natural phenomena on plant design (Le., average and extreme rainfall, snowfall, wind, flooding, and other weather conditions); postulated accidents for siting and environmental reviews; plant occupational radiation safety; and public radiation safety due to radiological effluents. Provides site safety and health physics technical support for large, light-water and advanced reactor environmental reviews. Develops arid maintains the site safety and environmental regulatory infrastructure necessary to support applications for new facilities and designs.
Division of Engineering
Director: Thomas Bergman
Deputy Director: Mohammed Shuaibi
Performs engineering-related safety reviews of applications for design certification, combined licenses, construction oversite, and new reactor pre-application activities. Provides technical expertise to support regional activities, special projects, international programs, rulemaking, regulatory, and policy activities. Reviews may be performed in support of topical reports, consensus standard changes, or new reactor designs.
Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs
Director: Laura Dudes
Deputy Director: Andrea Valentin
Develops policy and provides overall program management and planning for the construction inspection program for new commercial nuclear power plants. Coordinates with Region II, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and other offices on program implementation, including licensee performance assessment, allegations, and enforcement activities. Implements programs and procedures to systematically assess and coordinate the follow-up of construction related issues, and recommends corrective plant-specific and generic actions. Develops and implements the quality assurance and vendor inspection programs, and reviews the quality assurance programs at vendors, fabricators, applicants, and construction licensees. Develops policies and guidance and implements the national program for the licensing of new nuclear reactor operators. Develops programs and conducts reviews to ensure the effective consideration of human factors engineering in new nuclear power plant design and operation. Assesses the adequacy of facility personnel training programs and emergency operating procedures.