United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Brian McDermott

Brian J. McDermott became the Director of the Division of Preparedness and Response for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in spring 2010. The Division develops policies, regulations, guidance, and inspection procedures for emergency preparedness at NRC licensed commercial nuclear reactors, research and test reactors, and fuel cycle facilities. The Division also manages the NRC’s incident response and continuity of operations programs, leading NRC coordination with FEMA and other federal partners on preparedness and response issues. During activation of the NRC’s Incident Response program, Mr. McDermott serves as an advisor to the NRC Chairman and executive team on internal and external emergency response.

Prior to his current position, Mr. McDermott served as the Deputy Director for Incident Response where he provided leadership for the NRC Incident Response program. Mr. McDermott has over 20 years experience in the regulatory oversight of safety and security at commercial nuclear power plants. He has held a series of progressively responsible positions, including 17 years in inspection related roles with NRC Region I. Mr. McDermott served as a Resident Inspector and as a Senior Resident Inspector, as a regional Branch Chief for inspection and oversight at nuclear stations, and managed the Incident Response program for the NRC Region I Office, prior to his assignments at NRC Headquarters.

Mr. McDermott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in nuclear engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in business administration from Franklin Pierce College.

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