Richard Emch

Senior Health Physicist (AdSTM)
Core Competencies: 

Health physicist, project manager, and supervisor with 42 years of experience in nuclear power reactor licensing and regulatory oversight.  Extensive and in-depth understanding of NRC regulations and guidance, technical issues, policy matters, and their implementation for nuclear power reactors.  Proven track record in achieving resolution of high-profile, technically complex regulatory issues. Areas of expertise in nuclear power reactors include:

  • Occupational and environmental radiation protection
  • Emergency planning and preparedness
  • NEPA assessments and environmental impact statements
  • Radiological consequences of design basis and severe accidents
  • Reactor licensing project management
  • Part 50 licensing regulations and amendment reviews
  • Part 52 new reactor licensing regulations
Career Highlights: 
Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM)
2011 - Present

Conducted US Nuclear Regulatory Commission sponsored workshops for regulatory bodies as part of the International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP). This has included workshops for nuclear regulatory authorities in the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA), Arab Network for Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR), and Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA), Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, and Vietnam. The workshops have involved knowledge transfer of regulatory practices related to reactor safety, nuclear power plant siting (safety and environmental aspects), emergency planning, licensing practices, and regulatory organizational development.

Developed interactive workshops on review of applications for a nuclear power plant site and environmental assessment.

Assisted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in conducting an emergency preparedness workshop and developed and conducted a tabletop emergency exercise.

Assisted the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) in conducting workshops on nuclear power plant emergency preparedness and radiological environmental monitoring.

Developed and conducted training courses for USNRC: Fundamentals of Reactor Licensing, Fundamentals of Reactor Technical Review, and Incident Investigation Team training.

Developed Accident Section of the Environmental Report TVA’s Clinch River Early Site Permit application (Small Modular Reactor).

Assisted National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa in review of the application by ESKOM for the proposed Thyspunt nuclear power plant site near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Provided support to DOE as the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Subject Matter Expert for the Storage and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste programs.     

Performed technical review of radiological environmental monitoring program for research reactor for Jordanian nuclear regulatory authority.

U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC)
1974 - 2011

Served in several positions over 37 years, including senior technical reviewer, project manager, and supervisor in occupational and environmental radiation protection, NRC event response, emergency planning, technical specifications, consequence analyses for design basis and several accidents, licensing project manager, and environmental assessment.  

From 2007- 2011, responsible for technical oversight of NRC staff and contractors on all aspects of radiation protection and postulated accident impact in the environmental review of early site permit and combined license applications. Resolved issues in all aspects of environmental assessment and was involved in the environmental review and development of environmental impact statement for all of the ESP and COL applications.

Developed the implementation guidance for the revised Limited Work Authorization (LWA) rule and authored the environmental aspects of COL/ESP-ISG-4, “Interim Staff Guidance on the Definition of Construction and on Limited Work Authorizations.”

Negotiated revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow the Corps to participate as cooperating agency in new reactor environmental reviews. Developed implementing guidance for the MOU and served as NRC liaison with Corps to help environmental project managers develop solid working relationships with the Corps’ Districts.

From 2002 to 2007 in the NRC’s License Renewal Program, led multi-disciplinary teams in the environmental review of license renewal applications for the Robinson, Millstone, Brunswick, and Vermont Yankee nuclear power plants, including preparation of environmental impact statements and conducting public meetings. 

Served as group expert in radiation protection and postulated accidents, including severe accident mitigation alternatives (SAMA), including publishing of Interim Staff Guidance, LWR-ISG-2006-03, “Staff Guidance for Preparing Severe Accident Mitigation Alternatives Analyses.”

From 1974 – 2002, technical expert and supervisor in occupational and environmental radiation protection, technical specifications, project management, design basis and severe accident dose assessment, and emergency preparedness.


B.S. – Engineering Physics – Louisiana Tech University – 1973
M.S. – Health Physics – Georgia Institute of Technology – 1974