Francis (Chip) Cameron is a Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. He has over 25 years experience in the legal, policy, and technical aspects of the licensing and regulation of the use of nuclear materials, as well as with the preparation of environmental reviews for energy and natural resources projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has held senior positions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) technical staff in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research and later as a senior attorney and Assistant General Counsel in the NRC’s Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Cameron also has a national reputation for his expertise in the area of public outreach and conflict management. His public outreach experience includes the design and facilitation of numerous public meetings and listening sessions on controversial issues, and the facilitation of collaborative processes to address generic rulemaking and policy issues, including negotiated rulemakings and advisory committee work. He has also advised the staff of numerous government and private sector entities on how to present material to the public on controversial issues, including crisis communication on nuclear emergencies. His experience covers all aspects of nuclear licensing and regulation. In his capacity as Assistant General Counsel at the NRC, he and his staff of attorneys advised the NRC technical staff on the applicability of the NRC regulations to not only new reactor licensing, but also on the decommissioning of existing reactors. Through his public engagement work after leaving the NRC, for example, the SONGS decommissioning process, he is intimately familiar with not only the NRC public process on decommissioning, but also with the types of concerns that stakeholders have with the decommissioning process and outcomes.
He brings all of these skills to assisting the private sector, nonprofits, and government in addressing organizational challenges, transition, and change. Mr. Cameron’s combination of legal and analytical skills, his solid grounding in the technical aspects of the use of nuclear materials, and his conflict management skills, bring a unique holistic approach to a wide variety of private sector and government needs and issues.
Mr. Cameron holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A in Natural Resources Management from the University of Rhode Island, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.