Allen Howe is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. He has over 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including more than 30 years of service at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to his retirement from the NRC in 2016, Mr. Howe was the Deputy Director of the Division of Inspection and Regional Support in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) where he set program direction for inspection and oversight of all operating commercial nuclear power plants and the operator licensing program. Under Mr. Howe’s guidance, numerous improvements were made to the Reactor Oversight Process.
As a Senior Executive at the NRC, Mr. Howe also served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Operating Reactor Licensing in NRR with responsibility for the safety and licensing of U.S. operating reactors. During his tenure he oversaw issuance of licensing actions for the two pilot NFPA 805 conversions, the first approval for replacement of a reactor protection system with a digital system, and numerous extended power uprate license amendments. He also oversaw all activities for initial licensing of Watts Bar Unit 2.
Mr. Howe’s NRC career included assignments at the NRC Region I Office where he served as a senior inspector, operator licensing examiner, resident inspector (Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant), and inspection team leader. He also served as an operations engineer in NRR and senior nuclear engineer for spent fuel storage and transportation in the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards (NMSS). Mr. Howe held multiple branch chief positions in NRR, NMSS, and the Office of New Reactors. As Chief of the Instrumentation and Controls Branch in NRR, he directed NRC’s resolution of numerous technical and regulatory issues regarding licensing of digital systems.
Mr. Howe began his career in the nuclear power industry as a Shift Test Engineer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. He was qualified by Naval Reactors to lead operations and testing on nuclear powered submarines (S5W) and nuclear powered surface ships (D2G).
Mr. Howe’s areas of expertise include inspection, licensing, regulation, rulemaking, and spent fuel storage and transportation. As a representative of the NRC staff, he briefed congressional staff and the NRC Commission. He also has international experience supporting both the International Atomic Energy Commission and regulatory organizations in individual countries. Mr. Howe received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University.