United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Parrish Staples

Dr. Parrish Staples has broad experience in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear nonproliferation programs, including 10 years experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked on both basic and applied research projects, with much of that effort focused on the design of instruments to assist the IAEA with nuclear material declarations in the former Soviet Union.  Dr. Staples then began working at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in 2002, where he is now the director of the Office of European and African Threat Reduction within the NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative. This office is responsible for implementing U.S. policy to reduce and eliminate the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in civilian applications worldwide.  Dr. Staples’ office manages projects to convert research reactors from the use of HEU to low enriched uranium, establish reliable supplies of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 produced without HEU, and to implement physical protection at radiological and nuclear facilities at civilian sites.
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