Steve Reynolds is the Executive Director at Talisman. He has over 36 years of nuclear experience, 28 of which have been with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to joining Talisman, Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Braidwood Senior Leadership Team for over three years as the Regulatory Assurance Manager and the Nuclear Oversight Manager. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Regional Administrator and Acting Regional Administrator for the NRC’s Region IV office.
Mr. Reynolds served in the NRC’s Senior Executive Service from 1998-2014. His NRC career included significant roles in Region III and Region IV offices, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and the Millstone Special Project Office.
Mr. Reynolds was one of two executives to lead the United States Government’s in-country response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, spending four tours of duty in Japan in 2011. He provided crisis management, nuclear safety, accident mitigation, and environmental impact advice to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the Japanese Government (NISA) and the Japanese utility (TEPCO). He also led the multi-faceted team of engineers and health physicists in Japan executing emergency response actions and represented the U.S. as the lead advisor to the Japanese Diet (Cabinet).
Earlier in his NRC career, Mr. Reynolds served as a Reactor Inspector in the Region III office inspecting maintenance programs at power reactors. He then transferred to NRC Headquarters as the Project Manager for Rancho Seco where he wrote several policy papers on decommissioning for prematurely shutdown reactors. Prior to leaving NRC Headquarters, he served as the Branch Chief for the License Renewal Rule and later the Branch Chief for Design Reconstitution and the Branch Chief for Safety Culture in the Millstone Special Projects Office.
Mr. Reynolds began his nuclear career as an Engineer in the Fluids and Mechanical Division, Nuclear Engineering Department, Norfolk Naval Shipyard contributing to the overhaul and repair of reactor and support systems aboard nuclear powered naval vessels. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.