CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Robert J. Halstead as Executive Director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, the agency within the governor’s office responsible for overseeing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project and other nuclear activities in the state. Halstead will replace Joe Strolin, who has served as acting director since January.
“Bob Halstead brings over 30 years of experience dealing with federal radioactive waste programs and activities,” Governor Sandoval said. “His extensive, first-hand knowledge of the issues and key actors at the state, federal and local levels will make for a seamless transition in this extremely important position as we continue Nevada’s fight against bringing high-level nuclear waste to our state.”
Halstead was selected from a list of candidates submitted to the Governor by the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects, as prescribed under state law.
Halstead has been Transportation Advisor to the State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects since 1988, serving in a consulting capacity. In addition to reviewing the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Impact Statements for Yucca Mountain and preparing contentions for the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding, he has managed studies on transportation feasibility and cost; consequences of sabotage, terrorism, and severe accidents; and risk management and impact mitigation.
Halstead has also represented Nevada in complex technical proceedings with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; testified before congressional committees, National Academy of Sciences boards, the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the NRC Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste, Nevada legislative committees and Nevada county commissions; and advised affected individuals, community organizations, and Indian tribes.
During his career, Halstead has worked as senior policy analyst for the State of Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Board and as a consultant on nuclear waste transportation and storage for the states of Minnesota, Tennessee, and Texas.
Halstead holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also completed required course work for a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Margaret, who is currently an executive with the International Monetary Fund, have two grown children.