WASHINGTON—Paul Seidler, a Nevada energy and technology policy expert who has provided consulting services to the nuclear energy industry for more than 15 years, has joined the Nuclear Energy Institute as a senior director.
Seidler will lead a new Nevada office in Las Vegas that will assist NEI participation in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing process for the Yucca Mountain repository project. He also will advise NEI and the industry about issues raised by Nevadans as the U.S. Department of Energy seeks to license the repository for managing used nuclear fuel from commercial reactors and U.S. defense programs.
Seidler previously served as president of Robison Seidler, a Nevada-based energy and technology policy firm he co-founded in 1994 after a successful career in state government and as manager of government affairs for Science Applications International Corp.
“Now that the Yucca Mountain project has entered the formal licensing phase, Paul’s extensive knowledge of the repository project and Nevada communities will greatly assist NEI’s participation in the licensing process,” said Marvin Fertel, chief nuclear officer at NEI. “We are extremely pleased to bring someone with Paul’s experience and knowledge to NEI to assist in coordinating the industry’s participation in the Yucca Mountain licensing process,” Fertel said.
Seidler has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and is a nationally recognized expert in the transportation of used nuclear fuel and other radioactive material. He began his career in government at the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, where he successfully led the first volunteer process for identifying a host community for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
During Seidler’s tenure, Illinois developed a program for safe transportation of used nuclear fuel, which is considered a model state program. He escorted and inspected rail shipments of used fuel during a major shipment campaign during the mid-1980s and developed Illinois’ plan to address the health effects of naturally occurring radon gas.
Seidler has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. He and his wife, Bridget, have four children. Seidler is active in several community organizations and is a 1996 graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program.