Blair Spitzberg is a Nuclear Safety Consultant with Talisman. He has more than 35 years of nuclear safety experience including 20 years managing technical inspection branches in the Region IV office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The last 16 years of this experience was as the Branch Chief of the NRC Region IV Fuels Safety and Decommissioning Branch. In this capacity, Dr. Spitzberg was responsible for managing the inspection program for all fuel cycle facilities, Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations, licensed nuclear facilities undergoing decommissioning, uranium recovery facilities, and decommissioning of large materials licensees and legacy sites within the western half of the US. He also managed the NRC’s Yucca Mountain Project NRC Field Office in Nevada. Dr. Spitzberg’s branch performed safety inspections and evaluations, consulted with the program offices on licensing actions, and coordinated all related enforcement actions. Associated reports and correspondence were reviewed and approved by Dr. Spitzberg to ensure technical accuracy and comportment with agency policies including ensuring reports were written in clear, plain language that was understandable to a broad range of readers.
During his tenure as Branch Chief, Dr. Spitzberg prepared and provided expert testimony in a number of cases in the NRC hearing process related to his areas of expertise and responsibility. He frequently delivered prepared talks and Q&A discussion at NRC public meetings and other forum and prepared press releases and responded to media inquiries concerning his areas of responsibility.
Dr. Spitzberg participated in several ancillary activities including serving on several missions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on behalf of the NRC. He served for many years as the Radiation Safety Officer for the NRC Region IV office. In addition to his NRC position, Dr. Spitzberg was an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University. For years in the evenings, he taught the graduate level course Management of Radioactive Hazards which he developed for the university’s Graduate School of Engineering.
Dr. Spitzberg received his Ph.D. in Environmental Radiation and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his B.S. in Biology from Southern Methodist University.