Suzanne Black is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman with over 30 years of experience in the nuclear power industry. Ms. Black’s experience at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) includes licensing, regulatory development, reactor oversight, advanced reactor designs, license renewal, power uprates, assessment of operating plant events, environmental reviews, siting, quality assurance, vendor inspection, technical evaluations, and allegations. As Director of the Division of Safety Systems Analysis (DSSA), her responsibilities included the Reactor Systems Branch, the Plant Systems Branch, and the Probabilistic Risk Assessment Branch. She was responsible for resolving long-standing fire protection issues. She also served on committees that dealt with security issues and their relationship to plant safety. She served as the Chair of the Allegations Review Board during her time with the NRC as well. As Deputy Director of the Division of Licensing Project Management (DLPM), she was responsible for all licensing applications, evaluation of licensee performance, and interface with state and local governments.
During her career with the NRC, Ms. Black presented expert testimony before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) on issues such as alternative energy sources, need for power, and the environmental and socio-economic impact of construction and operating licenses. As Technical Assistant she prepared nuclear plant operating licenses, including license conditions and technical specifications. She managed the division responsible for reviewing licensing and restart of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) facilities following their extended shut down. She prepared numerous environmental impact statements and safety evaluation reports for plants under licensing review. Additionally, she made presentations to the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safety (ACRS) relating to specific plant license applications, graded quality assurance, risk informed regulation, fire protection, and the maintenance rule. Ms. Black was also the NRC representative on the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance Main Committee. Ms. Black received a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University, and received extensive technical training from the NRC. She received numerous awards while employed with the NRC, including the Meritorious Award for management excellence.