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Other Experts and Consultants

Tom Isaacs, Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement Expert

Tom Isaacs is a well-recognized national and international leader in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear waste management, nuclear security, controversial facility siting, stakeholder engagement, and earning public trust and confidence. Mr. Isaacs serves as the Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement Expert at Deep Isolation, a private company offering an innovative solution for the safe, permanent disposal of nuclear waste. Mr. Isaacs served as the lead advisor in the development of the Blue Ribbon Commission Report on America’s Nuclear Future, written under the direction of the President of the United States that recommended the path forward for the U.S. nuclear waste program. He also helped develop the strategic approach currently being implemented by the Canadian NWMO to manage and dispose of spent nuclear fuel.

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John Matthews, General Counsel

John E. Matthews assists clients seeking regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for first-of-its-kind commercial transactions involving nuclear power plants and other nuclear assets. He also advises on commercial issues relating to nuclear power plants and other nuclear assets, nuclear export controls, NRC review of license transfers and certain government contract matters. Clients turn to John for guidance regarding decommissioning funding issues and foreign ownership, control or domination (FOCD) issues.

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Rob Utter, Well Construction Advisor

CEO of New Ventures Energy Consulting. Retired after a 31-year career with Schlumberger focused on drilling and well construction globally. Specific focus on horizontal well drilling and new technology development and applications, business development, and strategic M&A activity for Schlumberger. International posting including Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Facilitated and led the acquisition and integration of several Schlumberger mergers. Post-retirement activities include three board of director positions, two technology and strategic business advisor positions, and ongoing engagements with several technology developers.

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John Grimsich, Science & Technical Expert

A technical staff member at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Planetary Science Labs, Grimsich oversees and maintains EPS labs, specialized equipment, and machine shops. He has expertise in geology and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), with experience in isotopic systems relevant to deep geologic repositories.

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John Apps, Geochemist

After eight years of research into copper recovery from mine waste, Apps joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he developed a geochemistry research program for the Basalt Waste Isolation Project at the Hanford Reservation. He was a Department Head and Staff Senior Scientist of LBL’s Earth Sciences Division and conducted research programs addressing environmental and mission-oriented issues relating to nuclear and hazardous waste disposal and containment, including the Yucca Mountain Project.

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Jonathon Angell, Business Development

Silicon Valley business advisor with over 20 years’ experience, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has executed company strategies leading to increased market share, brand dominance, return on investment, and high valuations for equity holders. Angell has worked with companies such as Hitachi, Toyota, General Motors, Phillips, Merrill Lynch, and Ubisoft.

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Jamie Rector, Senior Geoengineer

Founded and successfully sold three borehole geophysics companies to NYSE-listed companies. Also founded Berkeley GeoImaging, which developed and currently manages oil and gas assets in the Midcontinent, Rockies, and Gulf of Mexico. Rector been a Senior Consultant to BP, Chevron, and Unocal on borehole seismic technology and is the founder of the oil and gas PE fund (Berkeley GeoImaging). He has raised over $80 million to drill boreholes for oil and gas throughout the United States.

I believe I can benefit the industry and the climate the most by designing, testing, and deploying a borehole repository. And Deep Isolation’s rewarding sense of empowerment, mutual respect, and mission can make that happen.
Ethan BatesDirector of Systems Engineering
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