WASHINGTON—The following is a statement by the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Frank L. (Skip) Bowman, on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s announcement today that its executive director for operations (EDO), Luis Reyes, will become the regional administrator of the agency’s Region II office in Atlanta, and that the new EDO will be William Borchardt, currently the director of the NRC’s Office of New Reactors.
“Congratulations to Luis Reyes and Bill Borchardt on their challenging new assignments at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Both men have earned the nuclear energy industry’s respect as highly capable professionals who keep their eye on the agency’s safety mission and, by virtue of their leadership positions, guide others within the NRC to do the same.
“The commitment that Luis has shown throughout his career, but particularly since he assumed the duties of executive director in 2004, includes the special challenges that have confronted our nation following the September 11 terrorist attacks. We greatly appreciate the leadership he has demonstrated in the area of nuclear plant security.
“Luis also has exemplified professionalism in the sometimes-difficult interactions we have had with the agency with regard to the NRC’s staffing levels and new nuclear power plant issues. The public will be well-served by his return to head the regional office in Atlanta, all the more so with the era of new-plant licensing activity that is dawning in the Southeast.
“Bill Borchardt in our view has done fine work in leading the NRC’s Office of New Reactors. His experience and credentials make him a solid choice to serve as EDO, and the industry looks forward to working with him in his new role.”