Bill Brach is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. He has over 40 years of nuclear safety experience including senior level management positions at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in almost all NRC program areas including reactors, materials, fuel facilities, waste management, and decommissioning. In addition, Mr. Brach served in senior advisory and leadership positions as a US representative to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and as a staff member of the IAEA. Following retirement from the NRC in 2010, Mr. Brach served as an NRC consultant for four years providing support and advice on international nuclear safety standards.
For six years (2008-2013), Mr. Brach served as the Chairman of the IAEA Transport Safety Standards Committee. The Committee has responsibility for developing and maintaining the international transportation regulations that are used world-wide for the transport of radioactive material by all modes of transport including air, water/sea and land. As Chairman, Mr. Brach led the development, review and approval of two major revisions of the UN IAEA transport safety regulations. From 2013 to present, Mr. Brach has served the IAEA as a consultant on international transport safety.
Since 2014, Mr. Brach has served as Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant for Talisman supporting client services on radioactive material transport and spent fuel storage projects.
Mr. Brach’s career began in 1971 as a fuel facilities safeguards inspector with the US Atomic Energy Commission. He served two years as Senior Safeguards Expert with the IAEA in Vienna, Austria developing reactor safeguards inspection programs. He was a principle reviewer and an author of a Congressionally-mandated NRC study on quality assurance for nuclear power plants under design and construction. One of the recommendations resulting from this study included Mr. Brach’s work on the readiness review concept for nuclear power plants under design and construction. Mr. Brach led the NRC Vendor Inspection Branch review of substandard replacement parts for nuclear power plants, and worked closely with federal enforcement authorities and other federal agencies in the review of the replacement part industry. Mr. Brach served as the NRC Director of the spent fuel storage and radioactive material transportation program for over ten years. He managed the expansive growth of independent spent fuel storage installations in the US from 12 licensed spent fuel storage facilities in 1999 to 54 licensed facilities in 2010.
Mr. Brach holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee.