Mal Knapp is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. His licensing work has included developing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations that apply to licensing radioactive waste disposal facilities and managing materials licensing in NRC’s Region I. As a private consultant he developed an analysis of the specific activities, professional skills, and resources necessary to develop and submit a license application to the NRC for a radioactive waste reprocessing facility. Recently, he developed procedures and guidance for licensing and inspecting radioactive materials for the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the nuclear regulatory body of the United Arab Emirates.
He has been an independent consultant in nuclear safety and management, with particular emphasis on nuclear waste management and disposal since his retirement from the NRC in 1999. His consulting clients have included the NRC, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the United Technologies Corporation, the law firm Arnold & Porter, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency, including working for the latter two agencies as a full-time employee for several months each. He retired from the NRC as Deputy Executive Director for Regulatory Effectiveness, in which he was responsible for all research, investigations, enforcement, and emergency response for the agency. During his 20-year career with the NRC, he was also Deputy Director of the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, where he was a founding co-chair of the Federal Government’s Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards (ISCORS), and was Acting Director of the Office of Research. He was also Director of the Waste Management Division, where his responsibilities included high- and low-level radioactive waste management, uranium recovery and decommissioning.
Before becoming Director of that division, he was a principal author of the NRC’s generic high level waste disposal regulation, 10 CFR Part 60. From 1989 through 1992 he was the Director of the Division of Radiation Safety and Safeguards in the NRC’s Region I. There his responsibilities included licensing and inspection associated with about 4,000 materials licensees, and health physics, security and emergency planning for 32 commercial reactors. Prior to joining the NRC in 1979, he worked for the General Electric Company, principally at Corporate Research and Development, where he investigated gas turbine corrosion, heavy water separation and continuous casting of copper rod. He received a B.E.S. and an M.S.E. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. All his degrees are in Chemical Engineering.