Doug Abell has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the commercial nuclear power industry. Throughout Abell’s career, he has represented commercial utilities in resolving regulatory issues with federal safety regulators, managed facility corrective action programs, overseen physical protection of nuclear materials, managed large security programs, and provided direct-line management and supervision of nuclear response teams.
Most recently, Abell accepted the role of Security Operations Supervisor at South Texas Project (STP) Nuclear Operating Company. He was the driving force behind recent improvements, which have enhanced the site’s security posture, morale of the security force, and increased margin with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). These improvements resulted in a more effective protective strategy overall and a successful Triennial NRC Evaluated Force-on-Force Exercise Inspection in 2018.
While Abell is regarded as a nuclear security subject matter expert in the commercial nuclear power industry, he is also recognized as a subject matter expert in root cause analysis. He has conducted numerous root cause investigations at STP, Columbia Station, and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
Prior to beginning his extensive career as a nuclear professional, Abell obtained law enforcement experience as a Corrections Officer at Walla-Walla State Prison in Washington State. He is also a combat veteran having served with the U.S. Marine Corps Light Armor Infantry Battalion in Operation Desert Storm. Abell is currently focused on using his diverse skill set to improve physical protection and performance at nuclear facilities to promote a sustainable future for nuclear technology.