Elmo E. Collins
Region IV Administrator
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Elmo Collins has broad and extensive experience in the nuclear industry. He served for six years in the U. S. Navy as a nuclear engineering officer, serving on the submarine USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN 610). After leaving the Navy, he worked in the commercial nuclear industry as a startup engineer with General Electric, receiving certification as a senior reactor operator.
Mr. Collins joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1987 as a resident inspector at Oyster Creek, New Jersey, where he later became the senior resident inspector. In 1991, he transferred to NRC Region IV as a senior project engineer, subsequently holding positions as inspection team leader, senior reactor analyst, reactor projects branch chief, nuclear materials branch chief, deputy director for the division of reactor projects, and director of the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety. He was named regional administrator for the Region IV Office in September 2007.
During his career, Mr. Collins has been involved in inspection and oversight of nuclear power plants, licensing and oversight of users of radioactive materials, and licensing of the high-level radioactive waste repository. He has participated with International Atomic Energy Agency teams evaluating the performance of nuclear regulatory programs and assessment of nuclear plant operational safety performance in other countries.