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Richard A. Meserve, Former Chairman of Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Returns to Covington & Burling

June 1, 2004

June 1, 2004 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced today that Richard A. Meserve will rejoin the firm as senior of counsel. Meserve was for many years a partner at Covington & Burling. In 1999, he left to become Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where he served with distinction until April 2003. Since then, Meserve has served as President of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Meserve will be based in Covington's Washington office, focusing on energy, environmental, international, and nuclear issues. With a Ph.D. in applied physics, Meserve has long concentrated his practice on issues at the intersections of law, regulation, science, and technology. He will continue to serve as President of the Carnegie Institution, a non-profit entity that emphasizes basic research in the fields of biology, earth sciences, and astronomy.

"Dick's highly unique combination of skills and experiences will enable him to bring exceptional judgment and expertise to bear on our client's problems," said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington's management committee. "We are delighted to have Dick back at the firm." Meserve said: "I am extraordinarily pleased to rejoin my former colleagues at Covington. I am hopeful that my experiences in government will enhance my capacity to provide sound advice to the firm's clients."

During his tenure as Chairman of the NRC, Meserve was the principal government official charged with responsibility for regulating nuclear power plants and the use of nuclear materials. Appointed by President Clinton, Meserve remained in place for the first two years of the Bush Administration and played a key role in post-9/11 policy formulation and execution. In addition to positioning the NRC and industry to respond effectively to terrorist threats, Meserve facilitated the continued production of safe nuclear power and helped lay the groundwork for the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Meserve is a graduate of Tufts (B.A., magna cum laude) and Harvard (J.D., magna cum laude) and received his Ph.D. in applied physics at Stanford. He served as law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Prior to joining Covington & Burling in 1981, Meserve was legal counsel to President Carter's science and technology advisor. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

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