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FRANCIS X. CAMERON, ESQ.



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Chip Cameron is a Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has over 30 years experience in the legal, policy, and technical aspects of the licensing and regulation of the use of nuclear materials, as well as with the preparation of environmental reviews for energy and natural resources projects generally, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He is nationally recognized for his expertise in the area of conflict management, community outreach, and interest-based negotiation strategy, developed during his tenure as the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionís (NRC) Dispute Resolution Specialist.

Mr. Cameron served in a number of Senior Executive Service management positions at the NRC. In the Office of General Counsel, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Rulemaking and Fuel Cycle and as the Acting General Counsel for Materials Litigation and Enforcement. He was the Deputy Director of the Office of the Licensing Support System Administrator (now the Licensing Support Network). As NRCís Dispute Resolution Specialist, he advised the Commission and NRC staff on the use of dispute resolution techniques to improve the effectiveness of NRC decision-making activities, including the design of public outreach programs for many NRC programs, most notably, new reactor licensing. Mr. Cameron facilitated numerous public meetings on controversial issues as well as collaborative processes to address generic rulemaking and policy issues. He assisted the private sector, nonprofits, and government in addressing organizational challenges, transition, and change. He successfully served as the NRCís lead negotiator on several sensitive and complex issues with other federal agencies and the regulated industry.

Mr. Cameron worked on the original rulemaking establishing the NRCís technical standards in the area of high-level waste, and the application of regulatory analysis techniques to NRC decisions. He provided legal counsel on the regulatory framework for high-level waste, NEPA requirements, the Agreement State Program, and tribal issues. He was also a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island, specializing in the environmental law and marine resources policy. He has a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A in Natural Resources Management from the University of Rhode Island, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.