Dave Lochbaum is one of the nation’s top independent nuclear power experts. As director of UCS’s Nuclear Safety Project, Mr. Lochbaum monitors ongoing safety issues at U.S. reactors, testifies before Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and provides informed analyses of nuclear plant conditions and incidents, such as the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan.
A nuclear engineer by training, Mr. Lochbaum worked at nuclear power plants for 17 years, including many that are similar to the General Electric reactors at the Fukushima plant. He left the industry in the early 1990s after blowing the whistle on unsafe practices and joined UCS in 1996. He then left UCS in 2009 to work for the NRC as a reactor technology instructor and returned to his post at UCS a year later.
Mr. Lochbaum has authored numerous reports, including The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010, the first in a series of reports he produces annually. Over the years he has been cited thousands of times by a wide range of news organizations, including the Boston Globe, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC, NBC and NPR. Mr. Lochbaum also co-authored the critically acclaimed book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (New Press), which was published in February 2014.