HAROLD R. DENTON
Former Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Knoxville Tennessee USA
Mr. Denton had over 30 years experience in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's nuclear safety regulation program. He was the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation for almost a decade. Immediately following the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Carter appointed Mr. Denton as his personal representative at the TMI site. He subsequently worked closely with Governor Thornburgh and other public officials. He was the news media spokesman for the federal government during the crisis and directed NRC staff activities to assess and mitigate the consequences. As a nuclear safety expert, he has visited many U.S. power reactors and has traveled extensively to nuclear facilities worldwide. He was in the first group of Americans allowed to visit the Chernobyl site and was instrumental in establishing nuclear safety cooperation with the former USSR. In a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House, President Carter presented him with the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award for extraordinary accomplishment and leadership. Mr. Denton attended North Carolina State College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering and did graduate work at the University of Maryland. Before joining the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), he was employed as a reactor physicist by the DuPont Company at the AEC's Savannah River Plant in South Carolina.