Jim Riccio has been Greenpeace’s Nuclear Policy Analyst since 2001 and has over two decades of nuclear activist experience. One of the nation’s most prominent anti-nuclear activists, Jim has been featured in many of today’s major media outlets. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, and has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
Jim currently directs nuclear policy work at Greenpeace USA. In the early 1990s, Jim served as the Campaign Coordinator for Greenpeace’s Nuclear Campaign.
While with Greenpeace, Jim successfully campaigned to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Rainier, Oregon. He also worked to prevent the deregulation of radioactive waste and to keep it from being recycled into consumer products. Jim previously worked for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, where he successfully campaigned to shut down the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant. Additionally, he brought a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect the public’s rights in licensing of new reactors.
Jim has also worked for Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy Project. He has authored over a dozen reports on nuclear regulation and the dangers of nuclear power. An avid watchdog of the nuclear industry and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he works with congressional and Senate oversight committees and nuclear whistleblowers to enforce nuclear safety regulations.
A graduate of Colgate University, Jim holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Political Science. He also holds a law degree from Syracuse University.