Afternoon Panel: “The Viability of Nuclear Energy: Policy, Regulation, and Finance”
E. Don Elliott (moderator) is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. Elliott is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) and an elected member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, as well as a member of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute, the Center for Clean Air Policy, and the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity. From 1989 to 1991, Elliott served as Assistant Administrator and General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is the author or co-author of seven books and has published more than 70 articles in professional journals.
Allison M. Macfarlane is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University and Director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She recently served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from July, 2012 until December, 2014. As Chairman, Dr. Macfarlane had ultimate responsibility for the safety of all U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, for the regulation of medical radiation and nuclear waste in the U.S., and for representing the U.S. in negotiations with international nuclear regulators. She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. She was the agency’s 15th Chairman, its 3rd woman chair, and the only person with a background in geology to serve on the Commission.
The Honorable Judd Alan Gregg served as the 76th Governor of New Hampshire and was a United States Senator from New Hampshire, who served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters and as the Chair of the Public Advisory Board at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
David A. Christian is executive vice president and chief executive officer of Dominion Generation. He oversees the more than 23,500 megawatt generation operations of Dominion’s merchant fleet and regulated electric utility. Mr. Christian joined Virginia Power in 1976 and has held a variety of management positions with Dominion. Before assuming his current position in June 2009, Christian was president and chief nuclear officer of the company’s Dominion Nuclear business unit from October 2007 to May 2009. He is chairman of the board of directors of Nuclear Electric Insurance, Ltd. (NEIL), and also serves on the NEIL executive and governance committees. He is a member of the board of directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute, where he serves on the executive and audit committees, and a board member of the Foundation for Nuclear Studies, CultureWorks (formerly the Richmond Arts Council), and the Dominion Foundation. He also is a member of the Committee of 100 at Virginia Tech and serves on the advisory boards for the College of Engineering at both Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University.