United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Commissioner William D. Magwood IV

The Honorable William D. Magwood IV was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 1, 2010, to an initial term that ended on June 30, 2010, and a reappointment term, which will end on June 30, 2015.

Mr. Magwood has had a distinguished career in the nuclear field and in public service.  He was the longest serving head of the United States' civilian nuclear technology program, serving two Presidents and five Secretaries of Energy.

Mr. Magwood served as the Director of Nuclear Energy with the U.S. Department of Energy for 7 years, where he was the senior nuclear technology official in the U.S. Government.  He oversaw the restoration of the Federal nuclear technology program and led the creation of “Nuclear Power 2010,” “Generation IV,” and other innovative initiatives—including efforts that helped reverse the decline in American nuclear technology education. 

Before his tenure in the U.S. Government, Mr. Magwood managed electric utility research and nuclear policy programs at the Edison Electric Institute, in Washington, DC.  He also served as a scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Since joining the NRC, Mr. Magwood has been a strong advocate for both U.S. science and technology education and robust international cooperation.  He has sought to assure transparency and to improve the agency’s openness to public participation.  As an NRC Commissioner, Mr. Magwood has been a vigorous defender of the NRC’s regulatory independence and adherence to the principle that regulations should be based firmly on scientific and technical facts. .

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