NRIC Tech Talk: Construction Activities with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

July 6, 2021, 12-1 PM EST

This webinar builds on NRIC’s previous Tech Talks with NRC experts. In this session, presenters will explain differences between a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) versus “pre-construction” activities, and the process for obtaining an LWA as part of a Combined License Application or Early Site Permit. 

Presenter

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer is a senior attorney with 16 years of Nuclear Regulatory Commission experience, primarily focused on new reactor licensing issues.  

Michael has served as lead attorney for applications for combined licenses, an early site permit, a design certification amendment, and a design certification renewal. He also led the effort to develop procedures for hearings on inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria in combined licenses. Michael won the Meritorious Service Award in 2020.  

Greg Oberson

Greg Oberson

Greg Oberson is a project manager in the Advanced Reactor Licensing Branch in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.  

Greg joined the NRC in 2007 as an engineering technical reviewer for the Yucca Mountain High Level Waste Repository. Subsequently, he spent about 10 years in the Division of Engineering in NRC’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, managing research programs on corrosion of nuclear power plant and spent fuel dry storage systems.  

Greg recently completed a two-year special assignment working in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations on agency transformation-related activities. 

Greg has a BS in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS and PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Past Events & Webinars

NRIC Tech Talks: Environmental Reviews with the NRC webinar
This webinar will allow you to engage with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and learn more about the National Environmental Policy Act process.

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What Inspires Us: an Interactive Webinar on Nuclear Narratives - March 23, 2021
Inspiring others to understand the benefits of nuclear energy involves more than just laying out the facts. Thoughtful and personal storytelling bridges gaps between inspired individuals early in their careers and those who are unfamiliar with the field. Telling our personal stories and motivations for working in nuclear creates common ground. Human stories are our strongest tools when speaking to the public.

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NRIC Tech Talks: Digital Engineering - Feb. 16, 2021
Learn how this valuable tool can effectively and efficiently accelerate highly complex projects like advanced nuclear energy technologies.
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What Inspires Us: Advanced Reactor Demonstrations - Jan. 7, 2021
This 90-minute webinar, “What Inspires Us: Advanced Reactor Demonstrations,” is moderated by Ashley Finan, director of the National Reactor Innovation Center. It features Chris Levesque, president and chief executive officer of TerraPower, and Clay Sell, chief executive officer of X-energy. During this webinar they talk about their advanced reactor designs, which were awarded federal assistance under the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. Opening remarks are offered by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson.

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What Inspires Us - Sept 29, 2020
“What Inspires Us” features Dr. Ashley Finan, director of NRIC, Mark Peters, director of Idaho National Laboratory and Suzanne Baker, creative director at the University of Michigan’s Fastest Path to Zero Initiative and founder of Good Energy Collective.
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