Proven ExperienceDebra McBaugh has over 35 years’ experience in the nuclear industry as a manager and leader for a broad range of health physics areas, including licensing, inspecting and application of NRC and state regulations to radioactive material use facilities, oversight of environmental radiation surveillance programs, training radiation workers and media personnel, and emergency preparedness and response at nuclear power plants, naval facilities, and the Hanford Site.
For over 15 years, she managed the Washington State Environmental Radiation Oversight program which conducted monitoring and performed assessments to assure facilities’ radiation surveillance programs were adequate. Oversight was provided at federal and commercial facilities, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station, U.S. Ecology low-level waste disposal site, and U.S. Naval facilities.
Throughout her career, she participated in over 40 emergency radiological exercises at commercial, naval, and federal nuclear facilities. She has been a major responder during actual incidents.
Because of her skills and knowledge, Ms. McBaugh was elected to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) where she served on the Board of Directors. She is also serving as a member of NCRP scientific committees working on response and recovery for radiological and nuclear incidents.
Ms. McBaugh has a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. in Radiological Sciences, and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics.
Ms. McBaugh is known for her ability to explain highly technical issues to non-technical people. She was part of a team that presented information on environmental radiation monitoring programs to the Japanese agency deciding whether a nuclear ship could be established in Japan. The nuclear ship has been established at a port in Japan.
She has conducted training in many areas to licensees, medical users, and stakeholder groups. She has also been involved in several major decommissioning and decontamination projects at radioactive material facilities. The two largest were a nuclear laundry and a large waste processor. Both these sites were adequately decontaminated and stakeholders assured so the facilities are now used for non-nuclear purposes.
She has demonstrated skill as a technical lead and spokesperson for emergency incidents and drills such as the 24-Command Wildfire at the Hanford Site and during a large national drill involving explosion of a simulated radiological dispersal device in a major city. The skills of technical lead and spokesperson were used for many exercises at the naval facilities in Washington State.