Dr. Compton graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in physics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained submarine officer, and received his PhD from Clemson University in Environmental Science and Engineering. He is a specialist in analyzing human health risks from radioactive contamination in the environment, and has co-authored a textbook on environmental risk analysis.
He came to the agency in 2003 from a five year tour at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, where he analyzed health risks from radioactive contamination due to weapons production in the former Soviet Union, and also examined trade-offs between engineered and financial measures for mitigating urban flood risks. At the agency, he has concentrated on the preparations and review of the license application for a high level waste repository at Yucca Mountain, focusing on the integrated risk analyses of both postclosure and preclosure safety. He has also been engaged in NRC efforts to risk-inform and integrate regulatory activities across the back end of the fuel cycle, such as extended storage, transportation, reprocessing, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high level waste. He is currently focused on research supporting the evaluation of offsite consequences from severe accidents.
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