professor appointed to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
March 11, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Vanderbilt engineering professor has been selected
as one of a handful of high-level experts who advise the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission on safe management of nuclear waste.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has appointed James H. Clarke,
Vanderbilt professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering,
to its Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste. The ACNW advises the commission
on how to regulate, manage and safely dispose of radioactive waste produced
by nuclear power facilities and former nuclear weapon production facilities.
"Professor Clarke's appointment to the ACNW is tremendous recognition
of the national leadership that he brings to understanding the environmentally
sound management of nuclear wastes," said David S. Kosson, chair
of Vanderbilt's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "His
service on the ACNW is very complementary to the outstanding research
he and others in civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt are
carrying out to achieve safe and economically sound options for remediating
the Department of Energy's nuclear production facilities and disposing
of future nuclear wastes."
Clarke brings some 30 years' experience in environmental science and engineering
to the appointment, including service as peer reviewer and consultant
to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Research Council and
the U.S. Department of Energy. He was chairman, president and CEO of Eckenfelder,
Inc., a major environmental engineering and consulting firm, prior to
joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2000.
At Vanderbilt, he conducts research in transport and environmental impact
of chemicals and radionuclides, risk assessment, sustainable environmental
protection and the long-term management of legacy hazardous and nuclear
The ACNW is independent of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff and
reports directly to the commission. The committee investigates and analyzes
issues that it determines need inquiry, as well as concerns raised by
the commission. The ACNW includes five members.
Vivian Cooper-Capps, (615) 322-2762
David F. Salisbury, (615) 343-6803