United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

James A. Glasgow

After a decade of service as an attorney with several departments and agencies of the U.S. Government, James Glasgow began his private law practice in 1981.  His law practice has focused on a wide variety of domestic and international nuclear power matters.  As a partner in Pillsbury’s Energy Section, he counsels domestic and foreign clients on domestic and international regulation of nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, the import/export licensing requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Commerce and the Department of Energy (DOE) rules regarding U.S. assistance to foreign nuclear power programs. He also advises clients concerning bilateral agreements for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards agreements, laws and international agreements concerning nuclear liability and other agreements and rules that govern the international supply of components, services and fuel for nuclear power stations.

Mr. Glasgow began his energy and environmental law practice as a charter member of the Pollution Control Section of the U.S. Justice Department's Land and Natural Resources Division, where he received an outstanding performance award in recognition of his representation of the U.S. Government in high profile litigation involving environmental and nuclear power matters.  Mr. Glasgow later served in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His success in representing the NRC in U.S. Court of Appeals’ review of challenges to NRC licensing of nuclear power plants was recognized by the NRC, which gave him an outstanding performance award.  Mr. Glasgow then served as a senior legal adviser for International Nuclear Affairs in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor, the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). He represented ERDA and DOE on U.S. delegations engaged in the negotiation of peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements. In 1981, he received an award from DOE for his work in "devising the complex mechanisms for implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978."

Mr. Glasgow served, during 2013-2014, as a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Civil International Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, where he was Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Agreements and Licensing.  He testified before Congressional Committees on several occasions, including his testimony in 2010, on behalf of the Nuclear Energy Institute, during a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, concerning "the Future of U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation." Mr. Glasgow has presented papers and served as chairman of sessions and panels at conferences sponsored by numerous organizations, including the Nuclear Energy Institute, World Nuclear Association, American Bar Association, American Nuclear Society, U.S.-India Business Council and the Uranium Institute.

In 2012, Mr. Glasgow was recognized by WM Symposia, Inc. (WMS), which gave him the WMS Fellow Award for his “distinguished contribution to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management.”  He served as Chairman, and later President, of WM Symposia, Inc. and currently is General Counsel to that not-for-profit corporation.

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