[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 113 (Monday, June 15, 2009)]
[Page 28285]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-13993]



Seeks Qualified Candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor 

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for r[eacute]sum[eacute]s.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeks qualified 
candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). 
Submit r[eacute]sum[eacute]s to Ms. Janet Riner, Executive Secretary, 
ACRS, Mail Stop T2E-26, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001, or e-mail [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ACRS is a part-time advisory group, 
which is statutorily mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as 
amended. ACRS provides independent expert advice on matters related to 
the safety of existing and proposed nuclear power plants and on the 
adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards. Of primary importance 
are the safety issues associated with the operation of 104 commercial 
nuclear power plants in the United States and regulatory initiatives, 
including risk-informed and performance-based regulations, license 
renewal, power uprates, and the use of mixed oxide and high burnup 
fuels. An increased emphasis is being given to safety issues associated 
with new reactor designs and technologies, including passive system 
reliability and thermal hydraulic phenomena, use of digital 
instrumentation and control, international codes and standards used in 
multinational design certifications, material and structural 
engineering, nuclear analysis and reactor core performance, and nuclear 
materials and radiation protection. In addition, the ACRS may be 
requested to provide advice on radiation protection, radioactive waste 
management and earth sciences in the agency's licensing reviews for 
fuel fabrication and enrichment facilities, waste disposal facilities, 
and facilities related to the Department of Energy's nuclear energy 
    The ACRS also has some involvement in security matters related to 
the integration of safety and security of commercial reactors. See the 
NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/aboutnrc/regulatory/advisory/acrs.html for additional information about ACRS. Criteria used to 
evaluate candidates include education and experience, demonstrated 
skills in nuclear reactor safety matters, the ability to solve complex 
technical problems, and the ability to work collegially on a board, 
panel, or committee. The Commission, in selecting its Committee 
members, considers the need for a specific expertise to accomplish the 
work expected to be before the ACRS. ACRS Committee members are 
appointed for four-year terms and normally serve no more than three 
terms. The Commission looks to fill one vacancy as a result of this 
request. For this position, a candidate must have at least 10 years of 
broad experience in the area of nuclear engineering coupled with 
operational exposure to issues relative to new reactor designs such as 
digital instrumentation and control, civil/structural engineering, or 
radiation protection.
    Candidates with pertinent graduate level experience will be given 
additional consideration. Consistent with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Commission seeks candidates with 
diverse backgrounds, so that the membership on the Committee is fairly 
balanced in terms of the points of view represented and functions to be 
performed by the Committee. Candidates will undergo a thorough security 
background check to obtain the security clearance that is mandatory for 
all ACRS members. The security background check will involve the 
completion and submission of paperwork to NRC. Candidates for ACRS 
appointments may be involved in or have financial interests related to 
NRC-regulated aspects of the nuclear industry. However, because 
conflict-of-interest considerations may restrict the participation of a 
candidate in ACRS activities, the degree and nature of any such 
restriction on an individual's activities as a member will be 
considered in the selection process. 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 or discontinuance of certain contracts or 
grants. Information regarding these restrictions will be provided upon 
request. A r[eacute]sum[eacute] describing the educational and 
professional background of the candidate, including any special 
accomplishments, publications, and professional references should be 
provided. Candidates should provide their current address, telephone 
number, and e-mail address. All candidates will receive careful 
consideration. Appointment will be made without regard to factors such 
as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disabilities. 
Candidates must be citizens of the United States and be able to devote 
approximately 100 days per year to Committee business. 
R[eacute]sum[eacute]s will be accepted until September 30, 2009.

    Dated at Rockville, MD, this 9th day of June 2009.

    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew L. Bates,
Advisory Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-13993 Filed 6-12-09; 8:45 am]