Thomas Cox is a Nuclear Safety and Licensing Consultant to Talisman. He has over 40 years of experience in nuclear regulation and in private industry, most recently in the areas of fuel cycle safety and safeguards and spent fuel recycling. Prior to joining Talisman, Mr. Cox worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for 30 years before retiring and then re-joining the NRC as a Retired Annuitant. As a Senior Project Manager in the NRC’s Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), Mr. Cox oversaw two high enriched nuclear fuel manufacturing plants and one low enriched manufacturing plant. While in this position, he directed technical reviews, prepared safety evaluation reports, and completed agency responses to licensee requests for license amendments.
Mr. Cox has worked to establish NRC plans for licensing effort for spent nuclear fuel recycling, an element of the nation’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. He has also advised the former USSR nuclear power regulatory agency regarding safety improvements in Russian nuclear plant designs following the Chernobyl accident and has more recently reviewed plans for licensing a Russian fuel cycle facility, as part of the joint U.S./Russian Federation program for plutonium disposition.
Mr. Cox holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University with a Nuclear Engineering emphasis, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and has taken graduate courses at Johns Hopkins in Engineering Administration. He is credited as co-inventor on a U.S. patent for a spent reactor fuel shipping cask.