Senior leader transition continues at NRC

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Aug. 13 that it has named 30-year agency veteran Cynthia D. Pederson the new administrator of its Region III office in Lisle, Ill.

Pederson officially assumed her new position on Aug. 12, succeeding Charles Casto upon his retirement. Pederson is the agency’s first woman regional administrator.

As regional administrator, Pederson will oversee a staff of about 225 employees. Region III is responsible for regulating 15 commercial nuclear power plants and more than 1,200 materials licensees in seven Midwestern states.

“Cynthia D. Pederson is exceptionally well qualified to lead Region III in carrying out our mission of protecting people and the environment,” said Bill Borchardt, the NRC’s Executive Director for Operations.

Borchardt said Pederson will lead a “seamless” transition in NRC’s Midwest region.

Pederson joined the NRC in 1983 as a resident inspector at the Dresden nuclear plant in Morris, Ill., and two years later became the resident inspector at the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert, Mich.

Following various promotions, Pederson was named deputy regional administrator for the Region III office in 2009.

Pederson received a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award which honors high-performing senior government employees for sustained extraordinary accomplishment.

Post is latest leadership change for NRC

Pederson isn’t the only NRC manager being promoted to a higher post of late.

NRC announced in July that Mark A. Satorius named NRC’s new executive director for operations.

Satorius has 24 years of service at NRC. He will succeed Borchardt, who is retiring after 30 years at NRC.

Satorius assumes the EDO post Aug. 25. The EDO is the top staff post at NRC and reports to the NRC’s five-member commission.

In March Arthur T. Howell, a 28-year veteran of NRC was named new administrator of the NRC’s Region IV office in Arlington, Texas. He succeeded Elmo E. Collins, who retired on March 31.

Since then Howell has announced his retirement from NRC. On Aug. 9, NRC announced that Marc L. Dapas, who has been with NRC for 24 years will succeed Howell.

Dapas will assume his new position within the next few months. In the interim, Steven A. Reynolds, who has been selected as Deputy Regional Administrator for Region IV, will serve as Acting Regional Administrator. Reynolds currently serves as Director, Division of Reactor Projects, in the NRC’s Region III office in Lisle, Ill.

In 2005, Dapas was named the Deputy Regional Administrator in the NRC’s Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa. He returned to NRC headquarters in 2011 as the deputy director for the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response.

Dapas received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power submarine program. After leaving active duty to join the NRC, Dapas continued his military service as a member of the Navy Reserve, retiring last June after 30 years of service.

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