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Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

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Director: John W. Lubinski
Deputy Director: Robert Lewis

The Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) is responsible for the licensing and regulation of facilities and materials associated with the processing, transport, and handling of nuclear materials, including uranium recovery activities and the fuel used in commercial nuclear reactors.  Regulatory functions include the safe and secure decommissioning of reactor and materials sites; the safe storage, transportation, and disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel; and the safe transportation of radioactive materials regulated under the Atomic Energy Act.  NMSS ensures safety and security by implementing regulatory programs for licensing, inspection, and assessment of licensee performance, events analysis, enforcement, and identification and resolution of generic issues.  NMSS implements the NRC’s Agreement State program, coordinates actions and communications with Native American Tribal Governments, and provides support for agency rulemaking, environmental review, and financial assurance projects.

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Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis Staff

Director: Melissa Ralph
Deputy Director: Ronnie Ng (Acting)

The Program Management, Policy Development, and Analysis staff (PMDA) provides leadership and coordinates strategic and programmatic planning, resource forecasting and allocation, budgeting through the Planning, Budgeting, and Performance Management process and analysis of the office's performance through coordination of the Performance Management Plan.  PMDA also manages and coordinates the execution of the office’s budget, financial plan, and associated contracting activities.  In addition, the PMDA staff provides administrative and management support in the areas of human resources management, training, information technology (IT), systems analysis, IT project management, and correspondence/action item control. The PMDA 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, Freedom of Information Act requests, office space, travel planning, and utilization of travel resources.  The PMDA 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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Division of Materials Safety, Security, State, and Tribal Programs

Director: Kevin Williams
Deputy Director: Theresa Clark

The Division of Materials Safety, Security, State, and Tribal Programs (MSST) 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.  MSST has the programmatic oversight of the regional materials licensing, inspection, and enforcement activities, including establishing policy and procedures, events assessment and allegations management, and is responsible for the sealed source and device, general license, master materials license, and exempt distribution licensing programs.  MSST provides technical expertise in the development of licensing and inspection guidance for use of radioactive materials in medical, industrial, and academic applications and for materials rulemaking activities.  MSST oversees the development and implementation and integration of source security, including program enhancements.  MSST is responsible for coordination with Agreement States on Section 274i Agreements, policy issues, and the interface for safety and security issues.  MSST reviews Agreement State programs for continued adequacy to protect public health and safety and evaluates compatibility with the NRC's regulatory program through the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program.  MSST 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.

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Division of Fuel Management

Director: Andrea Kock
Deputy Director: Christopher Regan

The Division of Fuel Management (DFM) has regulatory responsibility for the front- and back-ends of the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium conversion, enrichment, deconversion, and fuel manufacturing; spent fuel storage and transportation; transportation of radioactive materials; and ultimate disposal of fuel.  The division is also responsible for the certification of transportation packages for radioactive materials, licensing the use of special nuclear materials (SNM), control and accounting for SNM, and implementation of domestic and international safeguards at NRC-regulated facilities.  Maintains regulatory infrastructure to support licensing and inspection of fuel cycle facilities, including Integrated Safety Analysis reviews of facilities.  Directs NRC’s contingency planning and emergency response operations for accidents, events, incidents, threats, thefts, and radiological sabotage relating to licensed activities for fuel cycle facilities under its responsibility.  Conducts safety inspections of transport package and spent fuel storage system vendors.  Reviews, approves, and inspects quality assurance programs for fabrication of transportation packaging and dry storage systems.  Provides technical support to the Office of International Programs (OIP) for import and export licensing.  Coordinates with other Federal agencies for the implementation of international safeguards in the U.S.

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Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs

Director: Patricia Holahan
Deputy Director: Bo Pham

The Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP) manages the NRC's program for the regulation of Decommissioning, Low Level Waste (LLW), and Uranium Recovery functional areas, including the implementation of the NRC’s materials, power, and non-power reactor decommissioning oversight programs.  DUWP oversees the licensing and inspection of new and operational conventional and in-situ uranium recovery facilities and also provides project management for licensees undergoing decommissioning including power reactors, RTRs, uranium recovery facilities, and materials facilities.  In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act, DUWP consults with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on its incidental waste determinations for selected sites and monitors DOE’s incidental waste disposal activities.  DUWP represents the NRC in international waste management and decommissioning activities in coordination with OIP, as well as works in close coordination with other Federal agencies, States, and Native American Tribal Governments, licensees, and the public.

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Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support

Director: John Tappert
Deputy Director: Kevin Coyne

The Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support (REFS) leads, manages, and facilitates rulemaking, environmental, and financial assessment activities for (a) new, advanced, and operating power reactors, as well as non-power utilization facilities; (b) nuclear materials, including production of nuclear fuel used in commercial nuclear reactors, as well as storage, transportation, and disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel; (c) facilities (reactor and materials) undergoing decommissioning; and (d) the transportation of radioactive materials regulated under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended.  REFS develop and implement agencywide policies, procedures, and program management for the NRC’s rulemaking and petition for rulemaking activities, and provides support for all technical, financial, legal, and administrative rules, including the development of regulatory analyses and the orderly codification of the NRC’s regulations at Title 10, Chapter I of the CFR.  REFS lead, manage, and perform environmental reviews of agency licensing actions required by NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and various other related acts. Conducts scoping and public meetings and supports hearings.  Coordinates with other Federal, State, and Tribal agencies in developing and finalizing EISs, EAs, and categorical exclusions (as applicable).  Consults with other Federal agencies on endangered species and essential fish habitat.  Monitors licensee adherence to endangered species take limits and conducts Endangered Species Act consultations in conjunction with other Federal agencies.  Implements 10 CFR Part 51 and other applicable laws and policies (such as Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and Executive Order 13807).  Maintains the Agency Chief Environmental Review and Permitting Officer, the Federal Preservation Officer, and the NEPA Steering Committee. REFS leads, manages, and performs financial assurance reviews of agency licensing actions, and has responsibility for four financial areas:  (1) financial qualifications, (2) indemnity insurance requirements, (3) change of control reviews, and (4) decommissioning funding evaluations.  Provides support to the Regional material licensing organizations, which perform their own financial reviews.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, October 13, 2020