WASHINGTON, D.C.—A pair of long-time nuclear industry representatives, Felix M. Killar and Charles V. “Chinch” Wollerton, will retire from the Nuclear Energy Institute in the upcoming months.
Killar, NEI’s senior director for knowledge transfer, will retire from the organization effective Feb. 28. Wollerton, a senior director of federal government programs, will retire effective March 31.
Killar has served at NEI since 1988. Before his recent appointment as NEI’s first director responsible for knowledge transfer, he was for many years the senior director of material licensees and nuclear industry insurance. In that capacity, he managed operational, technical and regulatory issues relating to nuclear fuel cycle facilities and radionuclides/radiopharmaceutical facilities. He also oversaw management of the nuclear industry’s measurement assurance program conducted in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
“Felix will be sorely missed, both for his perpetual cheerfulness and for his extensive expertise with regard to fuel cycle issues. He is a virtual encyclopedia in this highly technical area, and has contributed immensely to the industry’s achievements and its productive interactions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in this arena for many, many years,” said NEI’s president and chief executive officer, Marvin Fertel. “We wish him and his family all the best as he enters what I know will be a highly productive and busy ‘retirement.’ ”
Wollerton has represented the nuclear energy industry on legislative issues at NEI for 13 years and has worked on policy issues on Capitol Hill for 35 years. He also served as the U.S. Army liaison to Congress, was a staff member for the House Appropriations Committee and represented the American Council of Life Insurance on legislative issues.
“All of us at NEI have been blessed to be able to work with Chinch; to have him be a part of our daily lives,” said NEI’s senior vice president for governmental affairs, Alex Flint. “He is a great friend, passionate about important matters, and a grand entertainer when the moment allows.“Congress’ resurgent interest in nuclear energy is, in large measure, due to Chinch’s unflagging enthusiasm and advocacy, so we are very pleased that Chinch will retain a relationship with NEI that will allow us to continue to benefit from his wisdom and skills.”
Wollerton will be a consultant to NEI upon his retirement.