Bard CEP alum Maxine Segarnick assesses the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s readiness to license safer, more efficient reactors

In a recent article in the American Bar Association’s Nuclear Law Committee Newsletter, 2013 alum Maxine Segarnick argues that, in order for the U.S. to join other nations in the modern era of reactor technology, it must adjust its regulatory framework to consider non-light water reactors (LWRs).  She points out that non-LWRs have safety and efficiency advantages over the U.S.’s current fleet of large LWRs.

Accessibly written (she begins a paragraph, “First, some history”), the piece features a case study on off-site emergency preparedness and non-LWRs.  Bard CEP faculty member Monique Segarra emphasizes the effectiveness of case studies at communicating complex technical material, and all Bard CEP students grow skilled at writing them.  Clearly Segarnick, now an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, continues to draw on those skills in her professional career.