Tom Magette is the President of Talisman International, LLC. He is a registered professional engineer with over 40 years experience managing and conducting nuclear safety, licensing, siting, and environmental assessments for energy generation and transmission, natural gas pipeline, national defense, and radioactive waste disposal facilities. He has worked in state and federal government and industry positions, including over 20 years as a consulting engineer and executive in the engineering industry. He has extensive experience in all phases of environmental compliance for energy facilities and has prepared and presented expert testimony in regulatory proceedings.
Mr. Magette has experience across the nuclear industry, including operating reactors, decommissioning, decommissioning funding, nuclear new build, small modular reactors, transportation, low-level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal, spent nuclear fuel, and import-export of radioactive material. He has provided expertise to the government and commercial clients in these areas, and in particular is recognized for his expertise in the areas of decommissioning funding and radioactive waste. For the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), he was the Director of the Nuclear Safety Division in the Office of New Production Reactors, where he led the development of internal DOE safety standards based on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) requirements for commercial reactors.
Mr. Magette has extensive experience in the management of large projects and programs, including the management of safety and environmental analyses for several highly controversial projects, including the siting and licensing of power plants, defense nuclear reactors, nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities, high-voltage transmission lines, natural gas distribution lines, biosafety laboratories, and liquefied natural gas terminals. He has managed programs valued at over $100 million and including over 100 staff.
Mr. Magette earned a B.S. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee.