Frank Congel is a Nuclear Safety and Regulatory Consultant with Talisman. He has over 40 years of experience in the licensing of operating nuclear facilities, with emphasis on emergency planning and emergency and incident responses. During his 33 years with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and its predecessor agency, the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Congel served as the Director of the Office of Enforcement, Director of the Incident Response Organization, Director of the Division of Radiation Safety and Safeguards and Chief of the Radiological Assessment Branch and Reliability Risk Assessment Branch. As Director of the Incident Response Organization, he managed all aspects of the NRC’s emergency response program, including intra-agency training, interagency scheduling and coordination at state and federal levels; directed federal cooperative efforts with foreign governments to respond to nuclear accidents with global effects; and established license response requirements.
He coordinated with state and federal agencies to assure all necessary capabilities were available to respond to any emergency at an NRC licensed facility, including terrorist initiated events. He had the principal lead for the NRC in developing regulations defining improvements to nuclear site boundaries to resist intrusion. Dr. Congel represented the NRC in the establishment of the federal response plan and trained NRC staff to provide radiological expertise to non-NRC licensed facility emergencies. He also assisted foreign governments in preparing to respond to radiological accidents, specifically Russia and Ukraine.
Dr. Congel completed several difficult licensing cases, including the Pilgrim restart, and the final actions for licensing of Shoreham and Seabrook. These cases were primarily burdened with emergency response issues and required substantial input and coordination with the Commission and senior agency managers, Massachusetts and New York state governments, state and local responders and several other federal agencies.
Dr. Congel provided substantial assistance in response to the Three Mile Island accident, including testifying before Congress regarding the release of radioactivity resulting from the accident. He developed and implemented post-Three Mile Island lessons-learned requirements related to emergency planning and incident response capability. He was a member of the US team that attended the USSR presentation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) describing the Chernobyl accident and its consequences.
Dr. Congel earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear Physics from Clarkson University and his B.A. in Physics from LeMoyne College.