David Lochbaum is Nuclear Safety Engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than seventeen years of experience in commercial nuclear power plant start-up testing, operations, licensing, software development, training, and design engineering. Prior to joining UCS in 1996, David served as a Senior Engineer for Enercon Services, Inc., System Engineer for General Technical Services, Reactor Engineer/Shift Technical Advisor for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Instructor for General Electric, and Junior Engineer for Georgia Power.
Mr. Lochbaum received a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has been a member of the American Nuclear Society since 1978. In addition, David has written numerous articles on various aspects of nuclear safety and published books entitled Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis and Fission Stories.
Nuclear safety engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum, discussed the status and safety of the 103 nuclear plants in America. A lot of safety features were built into the plants, he noted. But at a number of the now aging facilities the "weakest link" is "too close to the surface," and complacency and neglect have become common place, he said.