The Honorable Jeff Merrifield, a former presidential appointee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is passionate about identifying strategic and legal solutions for major energy and environmental issues. The leader of Pillsbury’s Energy practice, Jeff utilizes the wide range of experience he has gained over the last 30 years, having worked as an attorney in the U.S. Senate and as a senior executive at the largest power engineering and construction company in the United States—in addition to his time on the NRC—to bring his clients a unique perspective on strategic problem-solving. Jeff’s well-received media and public speaking capabilities also provide a significant resource for the advocacy of common-sense and cost-effective solutions. Jeff serves as the Chairman of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council Advanced Reactors Task Force where he leads an effort to promote the deployment of this innovative nuclear technology. On the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Jeff became the most widely traveled Commissioner ever, having visited 30 of the 31 countries then operating nuclear plants and toured 240 of the world’s 440 nuclear reactors. Jeff received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Tufts University.
Dr. Madia’s nuclear energy experience spans the entire nuclear fuel cycle. He created and led the first Nuclear Fuel Cycle analysis group at Battelle, managed Battelle’s plutonium fuel fabrication laboratory and hot cell complex, developed proliferation resistant reprocessing flow sheets, and taught coursework in Nuclear Fuel Cycle technologies as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University. He was a member of DOE’s “Blue Ribbon Panel” on the decontamination and decommissioning of the damaged Three Mile Island reactor and provided technical support to the Chernobyl reactor stabilization and clean-up efforts. He led the national screening of geologic formations as part of DOE’s High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Program that resulted in Congress’ selection of the Yucca Mountain site. At the request of Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, he led a review of medical isotope applications for the Fast Flux Test Facility and was a member of the national Commission on Science and Security in the 21st Century. Prior to joining Battelle, he worked for General Physics Corporation, where he trained nuclear power plant operators. While serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Madia led the Reactor Operator Qualification Phase of the Army’s Nuclear Power program.