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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

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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Free Call: What's Next for Yucca Mountain?

Recorded - Monday, June 30, 2014

Listen to the Nuclear Law Committee Conference Call to discuss what’s next for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in light of the D.C. Circuit’s In re Aiken County decision. Hear from a distinguished panel of experts on the topic, who will give us their perspectives on the future of the repository.

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Ellen Ginsberg is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, at the Nuclear Energy Institute. Ms. Ginsberg supervises NEI's Legal Division which is responsible for representing the commercial nuclear energy industry on legal and generic regulatory matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other federal agencies. Ms. Ginsberg is responsible for litigation on matters before U.S. Courts of Appeals in which NEI is a party or amicus curiae.

Tom Gottshall practices with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Columbia, SC. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1970 and cum laude from Yale in 1967 and practices primarily in the areas of environmental litigation and product liability. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, as well as in a number of federal district courts, circuit court of appeals and in the US Supreme Court. Mr. Gottshall represented Aiken County, S.C. in the Yucca Mountain litigation and in other litigation involving DOE.

Martin Malsch is a partner at Egan, Fitzpatrick, Malsch & Lawrence, PLLC, where he represented the State of Nevada as intervenor in In re Aiken County. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Malsch served as the NRC’s Acting General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and Inspector General. Since joining the firm, Mr. Malsch has advised companies engaged in commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal, advised a reactor vendor (under a DOE grant) on risk-informed NRC regulation, advised an international company on developing an international spent fuel storage facility, advised companies involved in complex radiological decommissioning projects, and advised clients involved in nuclear power plant mergers, acquisitions, and financing.

Tim Peckinpaugh is a partner at K&L Gates LLP. His practice focuses on energy and technology public policy issues. In particular, he has been involved for over 30 years in all aspects of nuclear energy, including the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. He represents the individual petitioners from Washington State that successfully secured a writ of mandamus compelling NRC to resume licensing activities of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.


Barry Hartman is a partner in the Washington office of K&L Gates. He was formerly Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Environment Division. He has been involved in Nuclear Waste Policy Act and related litigation dating back to 1988, including the most recent mandamus action brought against the NRC, as well as the criminal investigation of high level waste handling at Rocky Flats in 1989, and litigation over the transport of waste from Colorado to the Idaho National Laboratory. As Deputy General Counsel to former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, he was also involved in a variety of issues relating to Three Mile Island accident.

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