William Horin is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and, since 1979, he has concentrated his practice in the area of nuclear energy regulation.
Mr. Horin represents nuclear utility applicants and licensees, trade associations, and others before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He counsels clients with respect to NRC enforcement matters (including all aspects of plant operation and radioactive materials transportation), requests for license amendments (related to, among other topics, construction permit period recapture and power level upgrades), and new plant and fuel repository licensing.
Mr. Horin represents utility and utility group clients with regard to significant administrative rulemakings, including decommissioning (focusing on legal and financial implications of NRC and IRS regulations), license renewal, licensing and design basis, deregulation issues, equipment qualification, and power reactor nuclear insurance (liability and property). Mr. Horin serves as counsel to nuclear vendors related to the legal issues applicable to suppliers, including for new technologies, to nuclear power reactor operations. He also has counseled foreign nuclear power utilities and financial institutions regarding matters related to the nuclear and electric power industries. Mr. Horin is actively involved in nuclear industry generic efforts, including participation in several Nuclear Energy Institute task forces and industry initiatives. He has represented nuclear clients before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in administrative adjudications related to the licensing of nuclear power reactors and the spent fuel repository.
Mr. Horin is a member of the International Nuclear Law Association, Nuclear Liability and Insurance Working Group; the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the Decontamination, Decommissioning and Reutilization Division of the American Nuclear Society; the Administrative Law and Environment, Energy and Natural Resources sections of the District of Columbia Bar; and the Nuclear Energy Committee of the Energy Bar Association.
Mr. Horin has a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and received the H.S. McCormack Award. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.
Speeches and Publications
Mr. Horin’s recent presentations include: “Nuclear Accident Liability Coverage in the United States – Potential Changes for Small Modular Reactors,” at the International Nuclear Law Association Conference, on October 10, 2012. Additional presentations include: “Leveraging Current Regulatory Incentives to Mitigate the Risk of and Increase the Commercial Viability of a Nuclear Revival” on December 9, 2008 and “Practical and Legal Strategies in the Commercial Arena for Addressing New Plant Project Management” on December 8, 2008, both at the ACI Nuclear Power Congress; “Developments Regarding Backfitting” for the NEI Lawyers Committee on June 24, 2009; “NRC Decommissioning Planning Proposed Rule” for the NEI Lawyers Committee on March 10, 2008; “The Implications of the Market Downturn for NDTs (Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts)” for the BNY Mellon Asset Servicing Webinar on November 6, 2008; “Does Anyone Know What a Rule Is” at the NEI Licensing Forum on October 7, 2008; “Nuclear Energy and Renewable Alternatives: Challenges Ahead,” at the Federal Energy Law Conference on October 2, 2008; “Pandemic Licensing Plan Enforcement Discretion: Are We Ready to Move Yet?” at the NEI Pandemic Planning Workshop on August 18, 2008; and “Knowledge Transfer: The Key to Continuing Operations Excellence” at the American Nuclear Society’s Utility Working Conference on August 4, 2008.