Peter A. Bradford
The biographies for all of the former Commissioners in this section are the official ones they used during their Commission terms.
Peter A. Bradford was sworn in as a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on August 15, 1977, after being nominated for a five-year term by President Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Before becoming a member of the Commission, he had served on the Maine Public Utilities Commission since December 1971 and was Chairman for an 11-month period beginning in August 1974. During his term, the Maine Commission undertook major initiatives in consumer and environmental protection, telephone and electric rate reform, and in investigating the several ways in which utilities are permitted to charge "tax expenses" to their customers many times larger than any taxes paid to the government.
From 1968 to 1971, Mr. Bradford served as an advisor to Governor Kenneth Curtis of Maine with particular responsibilities for oil, power and environmental matters. He assisted in drafting landmark Maine laws relating to oil handling and industrial site selection. After being named to the Public Utilities Commission, he also served, from December 1971 to October 1972, as Executive Director for the Governor's Task Force on Energy, Heavy Industry and the Maine Coast.
He is a 1964 graduate of Yale University and received his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1968.
During 1964 and 1965, he taught English and American history in Greece. He also has participated in a 1968 Ralph Nader-sponsored study of the Federal Trade Commission and is the author of Fragile Structures: A Story of Oil Refineries, National Security, and the Coast of Maine.