2019 Agenda

Monday | June 17

  1. 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


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  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Continental Breakfast and Registration

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  3. 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    Welcome and Introductions

    • Chair - Larry Camper USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant Talisman International LLC
  4. 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    Keynote Address: US Decommissioning Market and Opportunities

    This session will provide an industry leadership perspective on innovation in the decommissioning marketplace. Attendees will hear NEI’s vision for the future of the nuclear industry and address how improvements in decommissioning efficiency can help enable that future.

    • Moderator - Jay Wileman President and Chief Executive Officer GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
    • Maria G. Korsnick President and Chief Executive Officer Nuclear Energy Institute
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  5. 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

    Regulatory Oversight of Decommissioning Trust Funds

    This session will offer an update on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s current framework for use of trust funds for nuclear power plant decommissioning and spent fuel management, including the agency’s current decommissioning rulemaking. The discussion will cover the planning required to effectively use the trust funds and the regulatory hurdles utilities will need to prepare for.

    • Moderator - John E. Matthews Partner Morgan Lewis
    • Gregory H. Halnon Vice President Nuclear Regulatory Affairs and President & Chief Nuclear Officer, GPU Nuclear FirstEnergy
    • Alan Lovett Attorney Balch & Bingham LLP
    • Michael Wright Decommissioning Engineering Manager, Diablo Canyon Power Plant Pacific Gas & Electric Company - PG&E
  6. 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

  7. 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

    Decommissioning Cost Estimation Challenges

    This session will outline decommissioning cost elements, estimation practices and reporting requirements and tips for success.

    • Joseph E. Carignan Principal Carignan & Associates, LLC
  8. 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

    Developing a Nuclear Workforce Pipeline

    A safe, skilled, and educated local workforce pipeline has become a critical element to the health of local ecosystems across the nation and the nuclear industry has repeatedly led the way in creating such a talent pool. Now as decommissioning gains in value across the nuclear landscape, this session will discuss the value of developing a targeted nuclear workforce pipeline focusing on the specifics of decommissioning.

    • Kevin Cooper Principal Investigator RCNET, a National Science Foundation Center focused on nuclear technical training
  9. 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM


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  10. 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    What Today’s Decommissioning Business Models Mean for the US Nuclear Industry

    Today there are several major business models for decommissioning nuclear power plants in the United States: contractor oversight, shared stewardship, and asset acquisition. Executives from major players in this business will offer insight into the models, and discuss the trend away from delayed decommissioning toward beginning work quickly after a plant closes.

    • Moderator - Rod McCullum Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Vincent J. Bilovsky Deputy Decommissioning Officer Southern California Edison
    • Jeff Dunlap Manager, Decommissioning Exelon Generation LLC
    • Rounette K. Nader Director of License Renewal and Decommissioning Duke Energy
    • Andrea L. Sterdis Vice President Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Holtec International
  11. 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

    Progress Toward Transportation, Packaging, and Interim Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

    Stakeholders in industry and government will discuss the latest on the interim storage approach to managing the nation’s spent fuel, focusing on two ongoing programs to secure Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses and begin operating storage sites in Texas and New Mexico.

    • Moderator - Chip Cameron President the Zero Gravity Group
    • Gerard Jackson Transportation Security Specialist, Office of Nuclear Security & Incident Response Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Pamela Gorman Prochaska Director of Nuclear Policy and Strategy Xcel Energy
    • Heather Westra Environmental Program Coordinator Praire Island Indian Community
  12. 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

    Networking Break

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  13. 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

    NRC Perspectives on Nuclear Decommissioning Operations and Rulemaking

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will provide an update on its long-gestating rulemaking on nuclear power plants shifting from operations to decommissioning. NRC updates will also include the addition of public meetings to process as well as updates to the NRC generic environmental impact statement review for decommissioning.

    • Moderator - Bruce S. Montgomery Director, Decommissioning and Used Fuel Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Jessie Muir Quintero Environmental Project Manager, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Bruce A. Watson Chief, Reactor Decommissioning Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Office of Nuclear Materials Security and Safeguards Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  14. 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Decommissioning Opportunities: Two Army Deactivated Nuclear Power Plants

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) holds permits for deactivated nuclear reactor facilities at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Fort Greely, Alaska. These historic reactors were built and operated under the Army Nuclear Power Program and ceased operation in the early 1970s. Both projects will present unique challenges -- working on a small footprint close to research and residential areas at Fort Belvoir, near Washington, D.C., for the SM-1 reactor; and removal of the encased SM-1A reactor components from an operating heating plant while working around the extreme Alaskan weather. Army Corps representatives will discuss the opportunities at both projects -- the USACE Baltimore District is currently requesting proposals to complete the decommissioning of the SM-1 reactor, with a contract award anticipated in 2020.

    • Moderator - Chris Schneidmiller Editor in Chief ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums
    • Hans Honerlah, CHMM Chief, Radiation Safety Office-Baltimore District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  15. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Opening Reception

    Join us on the beautiful rooftop area of the Westin Nashville for drinks and heavy hor d'oeuvres, for a chance to network in a beautiful, informal setting.

Tuesday | June 18

  1. 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Registration Open

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  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Continental Breakfast

  3. 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    Wrap up from Day One

    • Chair - Larry Camper USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant Talisman International LLC
  4. 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    Where State and Local Governments Fit in the Decommissioning Process

    Officials from states with retired nuclear power plants will discuss the role of state and local jurisdictions in decommissioning. They will highlight the value and importance of securing stakeholder input into this work and coordinating with state regulators.

    • Moderator - Chip Cameron President the Zero Gravity Group
    • Eric Howes Director Public and Government Affairs Yankee Atomic Power Company
    • Katrina McMurrian Executive Director Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition
    • Anthony Z. Roisman Chairman Vermont Public Utility Commission
  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

  6. 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

    Lessons Learned from Completed and Active Decommissioning Programs

    Companies with the know-how in nuclear decommissioning will discuss their experiences, focusing on plants that shifted out of operations within the last five years. They will provide the latest insight on strategic thinking and planning for decommissioning.

    • Moderator - James P. (Jay) Tarzia Executive Director Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
    • Wayne Norton President, CEO and Chief Nuclear Officer Yankee Atomic Power Company
    • George Vaughan Vice President, Business Development NAC International, Inc.
  7. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Road Map to Efficient Decommissioning Strategies: Key Markers for Success

    This discussion will focus on strategies for utilities to manage a successful decommissioning process to avoid costly delays and overruns, including progress tips to measure success.

    • Moderator - Larry Camper USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant Talisman International LLC
    • Jay Brister Vice President, Business Development, Nuclear and Environment AECOM
    • Leslie Holden Senior Decommissioning Engineer Exelon Generation LLC
  8. 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

    Closing Remarks from the Chair

    • Chair - Larry Camper USNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety Consultant Talisman International LLC

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