United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Andrew Orrell

Mr. Andrew Orrell is the IAEA Section Head for Waste and Environmental Safety, in the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety where he is responsible for the development and promulgation of internationally accepted safety standards, requirements and guides for the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, decommissioning, remediation and environmental monitoring.  In addition, Mr. Orrell oversees the planning and execution of support to the IAEA Member States for the implementation of the IAEA Safety Standards and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Prior to joining the IAEA, Mr. Orrell was the Director of Nuclear Energy Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, responsible for laboratory development initiatives involving all facets of the nuclear fuel cycle.   He was responsible for Sandia’s Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems program and led Sandia’s completion of the post-closure performance assessment portions of the Yucca Mountain License Application.  Prior to working on the Yucca Mountain Program, he was a manager for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic Waste Management program.   His professional experience spans technical and managerial efforts at the WIPP and YMP, and technical support for international programs, including repository development, licensing, national policy development, regulatory framework development, site characterization studies, safety case development and performance assessments, transportation programs, and public confidence.

Mr. Orrell has over 24 years of industry experience in radioactive waste management and repository systems spanning low-level, intermediate (transuranic), spent fuel and high-level waste types.   Mr. Orrell is versed in the complex issues regarding the treatment, storage and disposal of all types of radioactive waste and the interdependencies between the technical, program and policy elements of nuclear waste management.

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