NRC Invites Public to Submit Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards

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No. 99-119
June 7, 1999

EDITORS: This press release replaces and clarifies an announcement issued May 27. It also reflects a change in the deadline for submission of nominations.


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking qualified candidates for appointment to its Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS).

The ACRS was established by Congress to provide the NRC with independent expert advice on matters related to the safety of existing and proposed nuclear facilities and on the adequacy of the proposed reactor safety standards. Emphasis is currently being given to safety issues associated with the operation of 104 commercial nuclear units in the United States; risk-informed regulatory approach; license renewal applications; risk-informed revisions to 10 CFR Part 50 of the Commission's regulations; revisions to the NRC Safety Goal Policy Statement; plant-specific application of safety goals; and application of revised source term to operating plants.

The ACRS membership is drawn from the variety of engineering and scientific disciplines needed to conduct the broadly based review for these facilities, as well as proposed standards and criteria and related research activities. At this time, the Commission is specifically seeking individuals with 15-20 years of specific experience, including graduate level education in either: materials science; metallurgical/structural engineering; systems engineering and thermal-hydraulics modeling as applied to nuclear plant systems; or the application of risk methods to nuclear safety issues. Candidates are selected to provide a balanced technical base consistent with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Because conflict-of-interest regulations restrict the participation of members actively involved in the regulated aspects of the nuclear industry, the degree and nature of any such involvement will be weighed. Each qualified candidate's financial interests must be reconciled with applicable Federal and NRC rules and regulations prior to final appointment. This might require divestiture of securities issued by nuclear industry entities, or discontinuance of industry-funded research contracts or grants.

A résumé describing the educational and professional background of the nominee, including any special accomplishments, professional references, current address and telephone number should be provided. Nominees must be citizens of the United States. All candidates will receive careful consideration. An indication of the candidate's ability and willingness to devote the time required (approximately 80-100 days per year) should also be provided. Applications will be accepted until July 30, 1999.

Copies of resumés of nominees should be sent to the Office of Human Resources, ATTN: Jude Himmelberg, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., 20555.

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