PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it opened a new regulatory affairs office in Rockville, Md., U.S., to both support the company’s commitment to open and transparent communication with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and to improve utility customer support services.
Westinghouse’s new office is located approximately one block from the NRC. The move to 11333 Woodglen Drive, Suite 202, was finalized during summer 2015.
The 4,000-square-foot space includes large and small conference rooms available for use by Westinghouse customers when preparing for meetings with the regulator during times when high-priority customer issues are being discussed and NRC conference space is limited. A reading room also is available, facilitating NRC review of Westinghouse proprietary information in support of customer license amendment requests. These facility resources are expected to save costs associated with travel and staff time for NRC-conducted Westinghouse and customer audits.
The new office houses a three-person team that provides ready access to the full complement of Westinghouse technical, legal, licensing and regulatory experts from around the world. “Last year our regulatory affairs office hosted approximately 1,500 customers and visitors,” said Doug Weaver, Westinghouse vice president, Regulatory Affairs. “We anticipate similar or increased levels of use in coming years, so this improved location and office configuration will better serve our customers and enhance interface opportunities with our U.S. regulator.”
The new location features close proximity to public transportation, with the Metro’s Red Line only one block away; abundant and close, at-cost parking; and a growing suburban area that offers a mixed residential and retail environment, including nearby hotels.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.