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Nuclear Law
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Nuclear Law

Message From The Chair

Welcome to new membership year! The Nuclear Law committee focuses on issues related to nuclear power, nuclear materials, nuclear medicine, state regulation of nuclear materials, and federal, state, and tribal relations.

This year, we will focus on two related themes: Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning. Our newsletter and programs will be tied to these two themes, and two of our law-student vice chairs will focus exclusively on these two issues. Our third law-student vice chair will be the assistant editor of our newsletter.

The Committee's vice chairs represent much of the spectrum of diverse backgrounds seen in attorneys working in this field. The vice chairs include private practitioners, federal and state employees, in-house counsel, and law students. In addition to the three law-student vice chairs, we’ve also added a vice chair for public interest to ensure that the Committee’s work considers the contributions of NGOs and other public interest groups to nuclear law.

The Committee intends to be an active participant in the Section's work, especially through newsletter publication, program sponsorship, and regular updates to this website and our LinkedIn group. Please feel free to contact me to learn about more ways that you can be involved with the Committee or with any recommendations.

Tison Campbell

Program: The History of Nuclear Waste Policy

Recorded - Tuesday August 19, 2014

Listen to the Nuclear Law Committee Conference Call for a panel discussion and teleconference on the history of nuclear waste policy in the United States. We will hear from a distinguished panel of experts on the topic, who will give us their perspectives on this topic.

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Karen Cyr was the longest-serving general counsel to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In this capacity, she advised the NRC on all matters of law and legal policy and provided opinions and assistance to the agency in all activities, including adjudication, rulemaking, enforcement, legislation, contracts, and personnel matters. As general counsel, Ms. Cyr represented the NRC before other government agencies, Congress, and foreign governments, and served as a member of the Group of Experts, which developed the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Frank Putzu is an Associate Counsel within the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Department of the Navy, and currently serves as Counsel, Naval Reactors (NR). Mr. Putzu has served in that capacity since 2003 and was promoted to Senior Level (SL) in August 2012. The mission of NR is to provide militarily effective, safe and reliable naval nuclear propulsion plants. NR is an integrated organization of the Navy and the Department of Energy. As Counsel, Mr. Putzu advises the senior leadership of NR on legal and business issues associated with nuclear energy and nuclear waste, government contract law, civilian personnel law, fiscal law, international treaties and agreements, environmental law, ethics, and associated litigation. F. Putzu Bio

Eileen Supko is President at the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm of Energy Resources International, Inc. She provides technical, economic, and policy consulting regarding nuclear fuel cycle issues to U.S. and international nuclear operating companies, foreign governments, nuclear industry and international transport organizations, and private companies. Ms. Supko is the author of a 2012 study regarding the impacts of accelerated transfer of spent fuel from pool storage to dry storage that was sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and she is the author of an industry-sponsored handbook on spent fuel storage. She has provided expert testimony in fifteen spent fuel damages trials at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. E. Supko Bio

Samuel Brinton is a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering as well as the Technology Policy Program. Mr. Brinton’s research interests are the regulatory and political decisions concerning nuclear waste management along with fuel cycle implications of technologies such as small modular reactors.


Ray Kuyler is a senior associate in the Morgan Lewis energy practice. Mr. Kuyler represents electric utilities and other clients in the nuclear industry on regulatory and litigation matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), other agencies, and the federal courts. He advises clients on NRC licensing and enforcement proceedings, nuclear safety and regulatory compliance, internal investigations, radioactive waste disposal, and is an experienced litigator before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. R. Kuyler Bio

About the Committee

The Nuclear Law Committee focuses on the legal issues related to nuclear power and nuclear materials. Nuclear power is more than just the licensing and operation of power plants--the nuclear fuel cycle also involves fuel production, storage and disposal. Nuclear materials are used to diagnose and treat many types of illness and injury; in industrial and construction applications; and in academia and scientific research.

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