[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 9, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61447-61448]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24800]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Seeks Qualified Candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor 
Safeguards

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for resumes.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeks qualified 
candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). 
Submit resumes to Ms. Kendra Freeland, ACRS, Mail Stop T2E26, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or email 
Kendra.Freeland@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ACRS is a part-time advisory group, 
which is statutorily mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as 
amended. ACRS provides independent expert advice on matters related to 
the safety of existing and proposed nuclear power plants and on the 
adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards. Of primary importance 
are the safety issues associated with the operation of 104 commercial 
nuclear power plants in the United States and regulatory initiatives, 
including risk-informed and performance-based regulation, license 
renewal, power uprates, and the use of mixed oxide and high burnup 
fuels. An increased emphasis is being given to safety issues associated 
with new reactor designs and technologies, including passive system 
reliability and thermal hydraulic phenomena, use of digital 
instrumentation and control,

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international codes and standards used in multinational design 
certifications, materials, and structural engineering, nuclear analysis 
and reactor core performance, and nuclear materials and radiation 
protection. In addition, the ACRS may be requested to provide advice on 
radiation protection, radioactive waste management, and earth sciences 
in the agency's licensing reviews for fuel fabrication and enrichment 
facilities, and for waste disposal facilities. The ACRS also has some 
involvement in security matters related to the integration of safety 
and security of commercial reactors.
    See NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/aboutnrc/regulatory/advisory/acrs.html for additional information about ACRS. Criteria used 
to evaluate candidates include education and experience, demonstrated 
skills in nuclear reactor safety matters, the ability to solve complex 
technical problems, and the ability to work collegially on a board, 
panel, or committee. The Commission, in selecting its Committee 
members, considers the need for a specific expertise to accomplish the 
work expected to be before the ACRS. ACRS Committee members are 
appointed for four-year terms. The Commission looks to fill one vacancy 
as a result of this request. For this position, a candidate must have 
at least 10 years of broad experience in one or more of the following 
areas:
     Materials, metallurgy and reactor fuels.
     Fracture mechanics.
     Material degradation effects on reactor safety and 
operation.
     A distinguished record of achievement in one or more areas 
of nuclear science and technology.
    Candidates with pertinent graduate level experience will be given 
additional consideration. Consistent with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Commission seeks candidates with 
diverse backgrounds, so that the membership on the Committee is fairly 
balanced in terms of the points of view represented and functions to be 
performed by the Committee. Candidates will undergo a thorough security 
background check to obtain the security clearance that is mandatory for 
all ACRS members. The security background check will involve the 
completion and submission of paperwork to NRC. Candidates for ACRS 
appointments may be involved in or have financial interests related to 
NRC-regulated aspects of the nuclear industry. However, because 
conflict-of-interest considerations may restrict the participation of a 
candidate in ACRS activities, the degree and nature of any such 
restriction on an individual's activities as a member will be 
considered in the selection process. Each qualified candidate's 
financial interests must be reconciled with applicable Federal and NRC 
rules and regulations prior to final appointment. This might require 
divestiture of securities or discontinuance of certain contracts or 
grants. Information regarding these restrictions will be provided upon 
request. As a part of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act 
of 2012, which bans insider trading by members of Congress, their 
staff, and other high-level federal employees, candidates for 
appointments will be required to disclose additional financial 
transactions.
    A resume describing the educational and professional background of 
the candidate, including any special accomplishments, publications, and 
professional references should be provided. Candidates should provide 
their current address, telephone number, and email address. All 
candidates will receive careful consideration. Appointment will be made 
without regard to factors such as race, color, religion, national 
origin, sex, age, or disabilities. Candidates must be citizens of the 
United States and be able to devote approximately 100 days per year to 
Committee business, but may not be compensated for more than 130 
calendar days. Resumes will be accepted until January 11, 2013.

    Dated: October 3, 2012.
Andrew Bates,
Advisory Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-24800 Filed 10-5-12; 8:45 am]
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