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NRIC Tech Talk: Best Practices and Lessons Learned on Application Preparation for NRC Reviews

Date: February 9, 2023, Noon-1:00 p.m. MST

Early and regular engagement between future applicants and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is important to consider when planning to prepare an application for eventual NRC review.

This webinar will include the perspectives of both recent and long-term applicants regarding the application development process and subsequent application review process. The goal of this tech talk is to provide useful insights to potential new applicants on preparing to navigate the NRC licensing process.

If you would like to learn more about the pre-application process, please refer back to the NRIC Tech Talk on the pre-application process.

Presenters

Steven Lynch

Steven Lynch

Chief, Advanced Reactor Policy Branch at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Steven Lynch is the Chief of the NRC’s Advanced Reactor Policy Branch, which is responsible for developing regulatory frameworks, including guidance and rulemaking efforts, for advanced reactors. Previously, Mr. Lynch was a senior project manager in the Non-power Production and Utilization Facility Licensing Branch, which is primarily responsible for the licensing of non-power reactors and medical radioisotope facilities. For nearly a decade, Mr. Lynch coordinated the NRC’s licensing of facilities intending to produce molybdenum-99. Mr. Lynch’s responsibilities included leading the review of the SHINE Medical Technologies construction permit and operating license applications for a first-of-a-kind facility dedicated to medical isotope production.

Mr. Lynch holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University.

Ray Schiele

Ray Schiele

Senior Manager Licensing TVA New Nuclear Program, Tennessee Valley Authority

Mr. Schiele is the Licensing Manager for the TVA Nuclear Technology Innovation Team. As the Licensing Manager, Mr. Schiele is currently part of the leadership team that is developing the regulatory and permitting strategy to support a business case for long term deployment of an advanced reactor.

Mr. Schiele has more than 45 years of nuclear engineering and licensing experience which includes service in the United States Navy, 16 years commercial nuclear power plant experience as a Control Room Supervisor/Shift Manager and for the past 20 years as a Senior Project Licensing Manager.

Allen Fetter

Allen Fetter

Senior Program Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Allen Fetter is a senior project manager (PM) at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), who has worked for the agency for almost 18 years. He has spent the last 12 years performing both safety and environmental reviews for new reactor licensing. His earlier experience at NRC was as a technical reviewer for the Yucca Mountain Project, as well as a PM on numerous complex materials sites and uranium recovery licensing actions.

Earlier in his career, Allen worked for a number of years as a geologist, hydrologist and project manager in the private sector (BPA Environmental & Engineering, Inc.), and did a multi-year stint as a post-doctoral researcher at UNESP – Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil. He received his MS and PhD in Geology (focus on geochronology and isotope geochemistry) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, respectively.

Jeffrey Bartelme

Jeffrey Bartelme

Director of Licensing, SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc.

Jeff is the director of licensing at SHINE Technologies, LLC. He is responsible for the licensing efforts related to SHINE’s first-of-its-kind medical isotope production facility, as well as the radioactive materials licensing efforts with the State of Wisconsin. While at SHINE, he has supported the development and NRC review of SHINE’s Construction Permit Application, led the development of SHINE’s Operating License Application, and coordinated the support of the NRC review of the Operating License Application. Prior to joining SHINE, he worked as a Licensing Engineer at Point Beach Nuclear Plant. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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