Francis X. Cameron, Esq.


Francis (Chip) Cameron is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman.  He has over 30 years of 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) and the National Historic Preservation Act. He has held senior positions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) technical staff in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research and also as a senior attorney and Assistant General Counsel in the NRC’s Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Cameron served as the NRC Dispute Resolution Specialist, and as the Assistant General Counsel for Rulemaking and Materials Licensing. He also was the General Counsel’s liaison and advisor on Tribal law.  In this position, he took the lead in establishing the initial contacts between the NRC and those Tribal governments close to nuclear facilities.

Beginning with his appointment as the NRC Dispute Resolution Specialist, Mr. Cameron has built a national reputation for his expertise in the area of public outreach and conflict management.  He has continued this work on difficult issues in his private consulting after leaving the NRC. 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, including negotiated rulemakings and advisory committee work.  He has also advised government agencies and private sector entities, on how to effectively present material to the public on controversial issues, including crisis communication on nuclear emergencies.

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 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.