bio-howePaul Ouellette

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
Mr. Ouellette, who has been with EPM since 1983, has over thirty years of experience in nuclear power and licensing engineering with a particular emphasis on mechanical system analysis. His areas of expertise include equipment qualification, component classification, and fire protection engineering and analysis. He has a strong background in analysis of safety–related systems and preparation of design change documentation. He is a Qualified Lead QA Auditor in accordance with the requirements of ANSI 2N45.2.23–1978 and also holds an SFPE, Member Grade.


Mr. Ouellette has significant field and home office engineering experience and specific technical expertise in PWR and BWR system analysis and numerous regulatory issues. He has significant expertise in the preparation of licensing submittals for nuclear utilities. Mr. Ouellette has thorough knowledge of regulatory requirements for engineering program areas such as component classification (Q–List), 10 CFR 50 Appendix R, Environmental Qualification (10CFR50.49), USI A–46 Seismic Qualification, Regulatory Guides 1.97 and 1.189, and In–Service Testing program requirements.


As Vice President of EPM’s S&SA Division, Mr. Ouellette and his team are currently involved with managing the transition of several utility licensees fire protection licensing basis to the risk informed-performance based approach outlined in NFPA 805.  Additional projects include the resolution to Multiple Spurious Operations (MSO) issues at various nuclear plant throughout the US and abroad. Mr. Ouellette currently serves as an active member on NEI’s NFPA 805 Task Force as well as serving as an alternate on the NFPA-804/805/806 Committee related to performance-based fire protection.