John M. Brittingham’s doctorate in nuclear engineering and deep experience in nuclear power operations enable him to provide efficient and effective advice to clients across the nuclear and energy spectrums.
John represents utilities, vendors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, materials licensees and other clients in a variety of energy and nuclear regulatory matters.
Nuclear Regulatory Matters :
- Advises on compliance matters involving federal law, state law and industry standards, including specific NRC requirements.
- Provides independent reviews of safety-conscious work environments at nuclear facilities to respond to worker concerns of chilled work environments.
- Represents clients in whistleblower litigation against NRC-licensed facilities before the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Supports NRC licensees with regulatory investigations conducted by the NRC Office of Investigations.
- Performs due diligence reviews of licensed activities in conjunction with transactions involving facilities holding NRC or Agreement State licenses.
State Regulation of Utilities Matters :
- Represents utilities engaged in nuclear power plant construction with respect to construction monitoring reviews, prudency determinations and investment recovery.
- Assists utilities in rate case proceedings across a wide range of issues relating to nuclear power plants, including capital investment, operations, development costs and decommissioning funding.
- Counsels utility clients in utility commission fuel cost recovery proceedings involving forced outages at nuclear power plants.
Representative Matters :
- Assisted a fuel cycle facility in responding to apparent violations for which the NRC was considering escalated enforcement, leading to the NRC’s disposition of the issue as a non-cited violation.
- Conducted an independent investigation for a materials licensee relating to internally raised concerns about the management of a radioactive source.
- Helped a nuclear vendor develop a complete response to an NRC request for information relating to the performance of the vendor’s component in power reactors.
- Defended a power reactor licensee in litigation before the U.S. Department of Labor relating to the licensee’s fitness for duty program, obtaining a summary decision in favor of the licensee.
- Represented a utility in proceedings before a public utility commission to monitor the construction of two new power reactors.
- University of Tennessee, Ph.D., 2014
- University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
- University of Tennessee, M.S., 2010
- Webster University, M.B.A., 2007
BAR ADMISSIONS : Georgia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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