Cynthia D. Pederson has been named administrator of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III office in Lisle. Pederson, a 30-year veteran of the agency, is its first woman regional administrator. She succeeds Charles Casto upon his retirement. Pederson will oversee a staff of about 225. Region III is responsible for regulating 15 commercial nuclear power plants and more than 1,200 materials licensees in seven Midwestern states. Pederson joined the NRC in 1983 as a resident inspector at the Dresden nuclear plant in Morris, and two years later became the resident inspector at the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert, Mich. She carried out the agency¿s safety mission through inspections and daily oversight of boiling water and pressurized water reactors. Since then, she has held a number of increasingly responsible positions in Region III, including chief of the technical support staff in the division of reactor projects, where she managed reactor inspection, planning, and assessment programs, and director of the enforcement and investigation coordination staff, where she was in charge of determining the proper level of regulatory response to violations of NRC regulations. Pederson has a bachelor¿s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She has received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award presented to high-performing senior government employees for sustained extraordinary accomplishment.
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