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March 13, 2014—NuScale Power has appointed Tom Bergman as vice president of regulatory affairs. Bergman will handle “all licenses, certifications, relationships and activities” for the company’s U.S. and international licensing support activities. Bergman most recently was director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s division of engineering in the NRC’s Office of New Reactors. He replaces Ed Wallace, who is retiring.

March 6, 2014—Tom Bergman is now NuScale Power's vice president, regulatory affairs. Bergman, who joins NuScale from the NRC, replaces Ed Wallace, who is retiring.

Feb. 27, 2014—Former Tennessee Valley Authority Chief Nuclear Officer Preston Swafford has been named president, CEO and CNO of Candu Energy. Swafford, who retired from TVA in October, will head Candu Energy’s Canadian and global business in technical services, refurbishment and new reactor sales.

Feb. 27, 2014—Eva Hallden has been appointed chief executive of Vattenfall’s Forsmark nuclear plant in Sweden. Hallden has been acting CEO at the plant since Feb. 10, when Stefan Persson left the post. Hallden also will continue as CEO of the Ringhals nuclear generating station.

Feb. 27, 2014—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected three new members to fill open seats on its Advisory Committee on Medical Uses of Isotopes. Philip Alderson will serve as health care administrator, Vasken Dilsizian as nuclear cardiologist and Francis Costello as agreement state representative. Established in 1958, the ACMUI advises the NRC on policy and technical issues related to regulating the medical uses of radioactive material.

Feb. 20, 2014—The Nuclear Energy Institute has elected NextEra Energy Chairman and CEO James Robo to its executive committee. The committee sets broad policy for the nuclear energy industry.

Feb. 20, 2014—Ameren Corp.’s board of directors has named Ameren Missouri President and CEO Warner Baxter as president of the company and member of the board, effective immediately. In preparation for the July 1 retirement of present Chairman and CEO Thomas Voss, Baxter will succeed Voss as CEO on April 24 and chairman on July 1. Baxter also will remain president and CEO of Ameren Missouri until a successor is named.

Feb. 20, 2014—Cleve Reasoner has been promoted to vice president of nuclear operations at Ameren Missouri’s single-reactor Callaway nuclear energy facility. Dave Neterer will take over Reasoner’s former role as vice president of engineering at the Callaway site.

Jan. 23, 2014—Fadi Diya has been appointed senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at Ameren Missouri, while Adam Heflin has stepped down from that post to become chief executive officer and CNO at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. Heflin succeeds Matt Sunseri, who announced his retirement last year. Ameren Missouri operates the single-unit Callaway plant in Missouri; WCNOC operates the single-reactor Wolf Creek facility in Kansas.

Jan. 16, 2014—Mike Balduzzi will become senior vice president of nuclear operations at Tennessee Valley Authority next month, TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said in an email Jan. 10. Balduzzi, currently the senior vice president of nuclear technical services at Entergy, replaces Jim Morris, who is retiring, Hopson said.

Jan. 16, 2014—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has named Lance Hall to be general manager of its Global Laser Enrichment venture. Hall will report to GEH President and CEO Caroline Reda, while GLE President and CEO Chris Monetta reports to Hall. GLE, a venture of GE, Hitachi and Cameco, has built a test facility in Wilmington, N.C., to enrich uranium using laser technology and is considering expanding it to commercial scale.

Government

March 13, 2014—The NRC has named Renee Simpson as director of the agency’s Office of Congressional Affairs. Simpson assumed her new position March 10. Simpson previously served in senior staff positions on the House Appropriations and Senate Intelligence Committees. She replaces Rebecca L. Schmidt, who retired Jan. 31.

March 6, 2014—The U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Paul LaFlamme as the new resident inspector at Northern States Power Co.’s Prairie Island nuclear energy facility near Minneapolis. LaFlamme joins Senior Resident Inspector Karla Stoedter at Prairie Island.

Feb. 13, 2014—The Senate Democratic Caucus voted Feb. 11 to appoint Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a nuclear power opponent, to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that oversees the NRC, Markey's office said in a statement.

Feb. 13, 2014—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named Richard Montgomery resident inspector at the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. He joins Senior Resident Inspector Gene DiPaolo.

Jan. 30, 2014—The Department of Energy has named Elliot Mainzer the administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration, one of the department’s four power marketing administrations. Mainzer was formerly acting administrator for BPA, which markets hydropower from the Federal Columbia River Power System and owns and operates most of the surrounding power grid.

Jan. 30, 2014—The NRC has named Justin Hawkins senior resident inspector at PSEG’s Hope Creek nuclear energy facility in New Jersey. Hawkins joins NRC resident inspector Sherlyn Ibarrola.

International

Feb. 20, 2014—Japan’s parliament has approved the appointment of nuclear engineering professor Yoshiaki Oka as the new chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. Oka will succeed Shunsuke Kondo, who remained in the post after his latest three-year term expired in December 2012.

Jan. 9, 2014—Tokyo Electric Power Co. has promoted board member Fumio Sudo to chairman, effective April 1. Sudo will succeed Kazuhiko Shimokobe, who was appointed chairman a year after the Fukushima Daiichi accident at the request of then-Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Sudo was formerly president of JFE Steel and chairman of JFE Holdings Inc.

Jan. 9, 2014—Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi, a former IAEA assistant director general, is to represent Argentina at the head of the Nuclear Suppliers Group as the country takes over the NSG presidency for 2014-2015. Grossi also is Argentina’s ambassador to Austria and the country’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna.Sept. 12, 2013—The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency has appointed Kazuo Shimomura to be its new deputy director for safety and regulation. Shimomura will also head three standing committees involved in Fukushima-related activities and will have responsibility for the agency’s radioactive waste management committee.