7th International Conference on Geological Repositories - Empowering Progress in Development of Deep Geological Repositories


Paul Murray

Department of Energy (DOE), United States

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition


Paul Murray is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and High Level Waste Disposition. He manages the U.S. Department of Energy’s consent-based siting initiative and directs research to establish an integrated system for the storage, transportation, and disposal of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Prior to joining the Office of Nuclear Energy, Paul served as the chief technology officer and senior vice-president for Orano Federal Services from 2007 to 2023. Throughout his tenure, Paul actively engaged with the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, focusing on infrastructure enhancements and fostering a vision for the High Burn-up Demonstration Project at Dominion. He also collaborated closely with both domestic and international stakeholders, including U.S. utilities, international utilities, and local host communities, to facilitate the development and siting of new nuclear facilities. Paul's professional journey began with the UK Ministry of Defense, where he honed his expertise in the refit, commissioning, and design of propulsion systems and reactors for nuclear submarines. Paul graduated from Liverpool University, where he earned an honors degree in mechanical engineering. He later joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy/AEA Technology, contributing to the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of reprocessing plants, advanced reactors, advanced fuels, and associated waste treatment facilities.