U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta have added a third resident inspector to oversee the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4 near Waynesboro, Ga., about 26 miles southeast of Augusta.
In February, the NRC issued combined operating licenses for the new units to Southern Nuclear Operating Co., which operates the existing Vogtle units.
Chad Huffman, a native of Kings Mountain, N.C., began his NRC career in 2005 as a reactor risk engineer in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Research at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Md. In 2011, Huffman joined the NRC’s resident inspector development program in Region II’s Center for Construction Inspection in Atlanta.
Huffman joins Senior Resident Inspector Justin Fuller and Resident Inspector Coleman Abbott at the Vogtle nuclear construction site.
Each operating U.S. commercial nuclear power plant site has at least two NRC resident inspectors. They serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting regular inspections, monitoring significant work projects, and interacting with plant workers and the public. Inspectors can serve for up to seven years at any one site.
Construction sites have their own NRC resident inspectors and the number assigned will be dependent on the work being done at each site.