U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta have selected Patrick Donnelly and Mike Magee as resident inspectors for the construction of Summer Units 2 and 3, located near Jenkinsville.
In March, the NRC issued a combined license for the units to South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper.
Patrick Donnelly began his career at Newport News Shipbuilding after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2004.
Donnelly worked directly with U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers in the test engineering, nuclear engineering and advanced concepts departments while at the shipyard, and he received a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary in May 2008.
Donnelly joined the NRC in November 2008 as a project manager for the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor design certification amendment.
In January, Donnelly was accepted into the resident inspector development program in the NRC’s Region II office in Atlanta.
Mike Magee began his NRC career in 2008 as a project manager in the Office of New Reactors at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Md. In 2010, Magee joined the NRC’s resident inspector development program in Region II.
Prior to joining the NRC, Magee worked as a mechanical design engineer and construction inspector for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Ore.
He also served in U.S. Navy as a nuclear mechanical operator.
He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and is a licensed professional engineer in Oregon.
Donnelly and Magee work with Senior Resident Inspector Rahsean Jackson at the Summer nuclear construction site.
“Patrick Donnelly and Mike Magee have the background and dedication to help ensure that construction at the Summer site is completed according to NRC regulations and in a way that protects people and the environment,” said NRC Region II Deputy Regional Administrator for Construction Fred Brown.
Each operating U.S. commercial nuclear power plant site has at least two NRC resident inspectors.
They serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting regular inspections, monitoring significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public.
Inspectors can serve for up to seven years at any one site.
Construction sites also have their own resident inspectors and the number assigned is dependent on the work at each site.