The Most Critical Industry Issues Covered in 2017

The 4th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit will assemble over 50 of the industry's leading expers to tackle issues of critial importance such as final used fuel storage solutions, changing decommissioning contractor models, regulatory framework changes and much more.

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See below for the world-class agenda, featuring pressing topics over two-tracks such as Yucca Mountain, Centralized Interim Storage Facilities, Ageing Management, Decommissioning Contractor Models and much, much more.

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October 2: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  •   Decommissioning Track Used Fuel Track
      Session 3: Updates on Regulatory Activities and the Future of Waste Storage Following Decommissioning Session 3: Post-Shutdown Used Fuel and Waste Updates
    2:15-2:45
    An update on the NRC’s decommissioning activities
    Compact System for Operating and Decommissioned Reactor Used Fuel Management
     
    • Holtec's Centralized Interim Storage facility is the key to full decommissioning 
    • Team Holtec approach allows the customer to understand and support the selection of the right teaming partners to perform decommissioning.
    • Understand the needs of shutdown or soon to be shutdown plants, including the offloading of fuel from pool to ISFSI
    • Get to grips with ISFSI pad costs and dry storage system capacities/dose rates
    • Discuss security considerations and beyond design basis events
     
    2:45-3:15
    Team Holtec and Decommissioning
    Update on WCS’ Used Fuel and Decommissioning Capabilities
     
    • Used Fuel Management and Decommissioning are inexorably linked - reduced cost, reduced schedule.
    • Holtec's Centralized Interim Storage facility is the key to full decommissioning 
    • Team Holtec approach allows the customer to understand and support the selection of the right teaming partners to perform decommissioning.
    • Understand WCS’ disposal capabilities for decommissioning including case study examples of WCS’ difference
    • Hear the latest on the WCS acquisition and on the interim storage facility
    • Understand the latest Texas legislation that became effective June 15 2017 that reduces the state fees for waste disposed of at WCS
     
    3:15-3:45
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 4: Understanding Legal Issues and Cost Estimation in Decommissioning Session 4: The future of used fuel storage
    3:45-4:30
    Decommissioning and Used Fuel Management Legal Issues Panel Session
    Yucca Mountain: Reviving the Discussion under the Trump Administration
     
    • An overview of the recent deal structures being employed for active decommissioning projects.
    • The role of States in proceeding relating to reactor decommissioning.
    • An update on NRC’s decommissioning rulemaking and the industry’s priority goals in the rulemaking.
    • The unique challenges faced by reactors in decommissioning regarding claims for failure to meet obligations to accept high level waste.
    • Get to grips with the changing political landscape that has led to the revival of a centralized deep geological repository discussion
    • Understand how the changing administration is planning to revive the discussion on a DGR Facility in Nevada and what this could mean for spent fuel and high-level waste storage plans
    • Realize the steps that are being taken in the highest levels of government to facilitate discussions on Yucca Mountain and the potential move towards a centralized facility in the US
     
    4:30-5:00
    Decommissioning Cost Estimating - A Fresh Approach
    ISFSI Pad Licence Renewal
     
    • Further your knowledge on approaches to precisely estimate nuclear plant decommissioning costs required by 10 CFR 50.82(a)(4)(i)
    • Gain valuable insights into cost estimation benchmarking used in countries around the world
    • Understand how these methods can be applied to help you more effectively estimate costs in line with planned decommissioning activities
    • Pursue successful dry cask storage re-licensing and understand best practices laid out in NRC guidance documents
    • Understand the regulatory climate and how to best work with the regulator to successfully renew the licence of an ISFSI pad 
    • Get to grips with industry efforts in the characterization of the licensing process and requirements for dry cask storage, enabling you to align your licence renewal plans with current NRC guidelines and timelines
     
    5:00-7:00
    NETWORKING DRINKS

October 3: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  • 8:00-9:00
    REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE
      Decommissioning Track Used Fuel Track
    9:00-10:30
    Nuclear Decommissioning Roundtable Session
    Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtable Session
     
    • Choose whether to join the Nuclear Decommissioning or Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtables
    • Discuss the hottest industry topics and questions with your peers to ensure you come away with the latest industry insight
    • Participate in the live polling and ask questions to the audience through the conference app – no need to put up your hand
    • Choose whether to join the Nuclear Decommissioning or Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtables
    • Discuss the hottest industry topics and questions with your peers to ensure you come away with the latest industry insight
    • Participate in the live polling and ask questions to the audience through the conference app – no need to put up your hand
     
    10:30-11:00
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 5: Prior Preparation for Decommissioning Session 5: North American Used Fuel and Waste Storage Opportunities
    11:00-11:30
    US Low-Level Rad Waste State Compacts: Possible Impacts on Future Decommissioning Projects
    Working towards a Low-Intermediate Level Waste Deep Geologic Repository in Canada
     
    • Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Policy Act of 1980 delegated responsibility for disposal of Civilian LLRW from the Federal government to the States.
    • State and regional issues, including politics, have created the patch work of LLRW disposal Compacts we have today.
    • Acceptance of responsibility to host and develop active regional disposal sites within the Compact States has been very limited.
    • The limited number of active regional disposal facilities may impact future decommissioning disposal options.
    • Get updates on efforts by utilities in Canada to advance plans for a low-intermediate level waste Deep Geologic Repository
    • Understand the regulatory requirements that need to be met to licence such a facility in Canada
    • Cross-reference contrasts between the US and Canada in their efforts to set up DGRs and share common challenges and potential solutions
     
    11:30-12:15
    Effective Trust Fund Management
    A Holtec Intl. UMAX Facility for Consolidated Interim Storage
     
    • Get to grips with the need for effective trust fund management in line with decommissioning activities, allowing you to effectively begin decommissioning in the future
    • Understand the allowable uses of the decommissioning trust fund and how the NRC is considering whether or not to allow other expenditures to be included in the trust fund, including Security Phase I and II staff costs, payments in lieu of taxes, emergency plan and licensing contractors and more
    • Refine how you plan and manage your trust fund with insights from NRC Regulatory Guidance, past practice examples and IRS guidance
    • Updates on ELEA & Holtec partnership to build the US’s first underground CISF
    • Continued local and state support in NM
    • Inherent safety features of HI-STORM UMAX system and of storing SNF underground
     
    12:15-2:00
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
      Session 6: Preparing for Decommissioning pt.2 and Contractor’s Perspectives Session 6: North American Used Fuel and Waste Storage Opportunities pt.2
    2:00-2:30
    PRE-Decommissioning Data Collection
    Adaptive Phased Management - Canada’s Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel
     
    • Understand the need for waste characterization to develop optimal disposition plans for individual sub-components and items
    • Get to grips with how characterization can help to develop plans such as; ALARA, segmentation, packaging, removal, transport and disposal
    • Get to grips with the three-year dialogue between the NWMO and specialists and the public that culminated in the beginning of work to explore potential sites for a used fuel facility
    • Understand how the APM will aim to reach an end point with the isolation of Canada’s used fuel in a deep geologic repository in a suitable area, allowing you to incorporate their project timelines into your used fuel strategy
    • Hear first-hand how the project will incorporate new knowledge into their plans with advances in technical learning, international best practices, ongoing input of the public, insight from Indigenous knowledge, changes in public policy and evolving societal expectations and values
     
    2:30-3:00
    Decommissioning Projects – Contractor’s Perspective
    Dry Storage Cask Design Features
     
    • Identifying key nuclear utility and owner drivers
    • Identifying key attributes of a nuclear decommissioning project
    • Establishing key elements of successful decommissioning project delivery
    • Identifying key nuclear utility and owner drivers
    • Identifying key attributes of a nuclear decommissioning project
    • Establishing key elements of successful decommissioning project delivery
    • Learn about the key attributes of a dry storage campaign that drives a successful decommissioning project.
    • Learn about dry cask technology features that allows low dose, low risk prompt defueling.
    • Addressing how to address prompt defueling challenges
     
    3:00-3:30
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 7: New Decommissioning Technologies and Methods Session 7: New Used Fuel Storage and Transportation Technologies
    3:30-4:00
    Recent Decommissioning Case Studies
    Neutron Absorber Development and Performance for Spent Fuel Storage
     
    • Highlights of US Ecology business and initiatives
    • Review of Idaho and Michigan Waste Disposal Sites
    • Decommissioning Project Case Studies
    • Understand how the needs of the dry storage/transportation market has lead to the development of new technologies
    • Get to grips with the NEXUS-3000 technologies’ capabilities in increasing simplicity, efficiencies and safety during used fuel projects
     
    4:00-4:30
    Evaluation of Advanced Techniques for Segmentation of Reactor Internals
    WOW Technology’s Innovative Treatment for HLW and ILW liquid Radwastes
     
    • Reactor internals segmentation is one of the most complex, time consuming and costly tasks conducted during decommissioning.
    • EPRI has completed an evaluation of tools and technologies currently available to optimize internals segmentation.
    • The results of the technology evaluation will be used in development of an integrated semi-autonomous system intended to perform the challenging reactor internals segmentation work more safely and efficiently, and at a lower overall project cost.
    • Understand the need for a superior process to decontaminate all types of liquid nuclear waste including HLW Cat.
    • Get to grips with the benefits of increased performance, with no production of additional waste, no device contamination and with Capex and Opex effectiveness from the WOW technology
    • Gain insight into a better, safer solution for liquid disposal processes and remediations with a strategic and unprecedented process for all national nuclear repositories
     
    4:30-5:00
    Dual and Dueling Regulations: C&D Waste Management at Nuclear Decommissioning Projects
    TRACK ENDS
     
    • Understand the interplay between state and federal requirements that govern the management and disposal of concrete and demolition waste
    • Realize how this can be a cost driver in a decommissioning project
    • Develop your decommissioning project strategy with the expert insights of Haley & Aldrich
       
    5:00
    CONFERENCE ENDS

October 2: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  •   Decommissioning Track Used Fuel Track
      Session 3: Updates on Regulatory Activities and the Future of Waste Storage Following Decommissioning Session 3: Post-Shutdown Used Fuel and Waste Updates
    2:15-2:45
    An update on the NRC’s decommissioning activities
    Compact System for Operating and Decommissioned Reactor Used Fuel Management
     
    • Holtec's Centralized Interim Storage facility is the key to full decommissioning 
    • Team Holtec approach allows the customer to understand and support the selection of the right teaming partners to perform decommissioning.
    • Understand the needs of shutdown or soon to be shutdown plants, including the offloading of fuel from pool to ISFSI
    • Get to grips with ISFSI pad costs and dry storage system capacities/dose rates
    • Discuss security considerations and beyond design basis events
     
    2:45-3:15
    Team Holtec and Decommissioning
    Update on WCS’ Used Fuel and Decommissioning Capabilities
     
    • Used Fuel Management and Decommissioning are inexorably linked - reduced cost, reduced schedule.
    • Holtec's Centralized Interim Storage facility is the key to full decommissioning 
    • Team Holtec approach allows the customer to understand and support the selection of the right teaming partners to perform decommissioning.
    • Understand WCS’ disposal capabilities for decommissioning including case study examples of WCS’ difference
    • Hear the latest on the WCS acquisition and on the interim storage facility
    • Understand the latest Texas legislation that became effective June 15 2017 that reduces the state fees for waste disposed of at WCS
     
    3:15-3:45
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 4: Understanding Legal Issues and Cost Estimation in Decommissioning Session 4: The future of used fuel storage
    3:45-4:30
    Decommissioning and Used Fuel Management Legal Issues Panel Session
    Yucca Mountain: Reviving the Discussion under the Trump Administration
     
    • An overview of the recent deal structures being employed for active decommissioning projects.
    • The role of States in proceeding relating to reactor decommissioning.
    • An update on NRC’s decommissioning rulemaking and the industry’s priority goals in the rulemaking.
    • The unique challenges faced by reactors in decommissioning regarding claims for failure to meet obligations to accept high level waste.
    • Get to grips with the changing political landscape that has led to the revival of a centralized deep geological repository discussion
    • Understand how the changing administration is planning to revive the discussion on a DGR Facility in Nevada and what this could mean for spent fuel and high-level waste storage plans
    • Realize the steps that are being taken in the highest levels of government to facilitate discussions on Yucca Mountain and the potential move towards a centralized facility in the US
     
    4:30-5:00
    Decommissioning Cost Estimating - A Fresh Approach
    ISFSI Pad Licence Renewal
     
    • Further your knowledge on approaches to precisely estimate nuclear plant decommissioning costs required by 10 CFR 50.82(a)(4)(i)
    • Gain valuable insights into cost estimation benchmarking used in countries around the world
    • Understand how these methods can be applied to help you more effectively estimate costs in line with planned decommissioning activities
    • Pursue successful dry cask storage re-licensing and understand best practices laid out in NRC guidance documents
    • Understand the regulatory climate and how to best work with the regulator to successfully renew the licence of an ISFSI pad 
    • Get to grips with industry efforts in the characterization of the licensing process and requirements for dry cask storage, enabling you to align your licence renewal plans with current NRC guidelines and timelines
     
    5:00-7:00
    NETWORKING DRINKS

October 3: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  • 8:00-9:00
    REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE
      Decommissioning Track Used Fuel Track
    9:00-10:30
    Nuclear Decommissioning Roundtable Session
    Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtable Session
     
    • Choose whether to join the Nuclear Decommissioning or Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtables
    • Discuss the hottest industry topics and questions with your peers to ensure you come away with the latest industry insight
    • Participate in the live polling and ask questions to the audience through the conference app – no need to put up your hand
    • Choose whether to join the Nuclear Decommissioning or Used Fuel and Waste Management Roundtables
    • Discuss the hottest industry topics and questions with your peers to ensure you come away with the latest industry insight
    • Participate in the live polling and ask questions to the audience through the conference app – no need to put up your hand
     
    10:30-11:00
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 5: Prior Preparation for Decommissioning Session 5: North American Used Fuel and Waste Storage Opportunities
    11:00-11:30
    US Low-Level Rad Waste State Compacts: Possible Impacts on Future Decommissioning Projects
    Working towards a Low-Intermediate Level Waste Deep Geologic Repository in Canada
     
    • Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Policy Act of 1980 delegated responsibility for disposal of Civilian LLRW from the Federal government to the States.
    • State and regional issues, including politics, have created the patch work of LLRW disposal Compacts we have today.
    • Acceptance of responsibility to host and develop active regional disposal sites within the Compact States has been very limited.
    • The limited number of active regional disposal facilities may impact future decommissioning disposal options.
    • Get updates on efforts by utilities in Canada to advance plans for a low-intermediate level waste Deep Geologic Repository
    • Understand the regulatory requirements that need to be met to licence such a facility in Canada
    • Cross-reference contrasts between the US and Canada in their efforts to set up DGRs and share common challenges and potential solutions
     
    11:30-12:15
    Effective Trust Fund Management
    A Holtec Intl. UMAX Facility for Consolidated Interim Storage
     
    • Get to grips with the need for effective trust fund management in line with decommissioning activities, allowing you to effectively begin decommissioning in the future
    • Understand the allowable uses of the decommissioning trust fund and how the NRC is considering whether or not to allow other expenditures to be included in the trust fund, including Security Phase I and II staff costs, payments in lieu of taxes, emergency plan and licensing contractors and more
    • Refine how you plan and manage your trust fund with insights from NRC Regulatory Guidance, past practice examples and IRS guidance
    • Updates on ELEA & Holtec partnership to build the US’s first underground CISF
    • Continued local and state support in NM
    • Inherent safety features of HI-STORM UMAX system and of storing SNF underground
     
    12:15-2:00
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
      Session 6: Preparing for Decommissioning pt.2 and Contractor’s Perspectives Session 6: North American Used Fuel and Waste Storage Opportunities pt.2
    2:00-2:30
    PRE-Decommissioning Data Collection
    Adaptive Phased Management - Canada’s Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel
     
    • Understand the need for waste characterization to develop optimal disposition plans for individual sub-components and items
    • Get to grips with how characterization can help to develop plans such as; ALARA, segmentation, packaging, removal, transport and disposal
    • Get to grips with the three-year dialogue between the NWMO and specialists and the public that culminated in the beginning of work to explore potential sites for a used fuel facility
    • Understand how the APM will aim to reach an end point with the isolation of Canada’s used fuel in a deep geologic repository in a suitable area, allowing you to incorporate their project timelines into your used fuel strategy
    • Hear first-hand how the project will incorporate new knowledge into their plans with advances in technical learning, international best practices, ongoing input of the public, insight from Indigenous knowledge, changes in public policy and evolving societal expectations and values
     
    2:30-3:00
    Decommissioning Projects – Contractor’s Perspective
    Dry Storage Cask Design Features
     
    • Identifying key nuclear utility and owner drivers
    • Identifying key attributes of a nuclear decommissioning project
    • Establishing key elements of successful decommissioning project delivery
    • Identifying key nuclear utility and owner drivers
    • Identifying key attributes of a nuclear decommissioning project
    • Establishing key elements of successful decommissioning project delivery
    • Learn about the key attributes of a dry storage campaign that drives a successful decommissioning project.
    • Learn about dry cask technology features that allows low dose, low risk prompt defueling.
    • Addressing how to address prompt defueling challenges
     
    3:00-3:30
    EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      Session 7: New Decommissioning Technologies and Methods Session 7: New Used Fuel Storage and Transportation Technologies
    3:30-4:00
    Recent Decommissioning Case Studies
    Neutron Absorber Development and Performance for Spent Fuel Storage
     
    • Highlights of US Ecology business and initiatives
    • Review of Idaho and Michigan Waste Disposal Sites
    • Decommissioning Project Case Studies
    • Understand how the needs of the dry storage/transportation market has lead to the development of new technologies
    • Get to grips with the NEXUS-3000 technologies’ capabilities in increasing simplicity, efficiencies and safety during used fuel projects
     
    4:00-4:30
    Evaluation of Advanced Techniques for Segmentation of Reactor Internals
    WOW Technology’s Innovative Treatment for HLW and ILW liquid Radwastes
     
    • Reactor internals segmentation is one of the most complex, time consuming and costly tasks conducted during decommissioning.
    • EPRI has completed an evaluation of tools and technologies currently available to optimize internals segmentation.
    • The results of the technology evaluation will be used in development of an integrated semi-autonomous system intended to perform the challenging reactor internals segmentation work more safely and efficiently, and at a lower overall project cost.
    • Understand the need for a superior process to decontaminate all types of liquid nuclear waste including HLW Cat.
    • Get to grips with the benefits of increased performance, with no production of additional waste, no device contamination and with Capex and Opex effectiveness from the WOW technology
    • Gain insight into a better, safer solution for liquid disposal processes and remediations with a strategic and unprecedented process for all national nuclear repositories
     
    4:30-5:00
    Dual and Dueling Regulations: C&D Waste Management at Nuclear Decommissioning Projects
    TRACK ENDS
     
    • Understand the interplay between state and federal requirements that govern the management and disposal of concrete and demolition waste
    • Realize how this can be a cost driver in a decommissioning project
    • Develop your decommissioning project strategy with the expert insights of Haley & Aldrich
       
    5:00
    CONFERENCE ENDS

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Senior Industry Analyst
Nuclear Energy Insider
FCBI Energy
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Record Numbers Of Sponsors And Exhibitors Already Confirmed for 2017!

2017 Gold Sponsors

  • The Dickerson Group
  • Holtec
  • TN Americas

2017 Silver Sponsors

  • aecom
  • Energy Solutions
  • Kenrich
  • Manafort
  • NAC
  • NWDemo
  • PwC
  • Robatel
  • us-ecology

2017 Bronze Sponsors

  • ABZ
  • Atkins
  • Bechtel
  • Black & Veatch
  • Haley & Aldrich
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Nikkeikin
  • Penhall
  • Plant Decom
  • TSSD
  • Westinghouse
  • Williams
  • wow

2017 Exhibitors

  • 3M
  • Bigge
  • Buckner
  • HTMS
  • independence demo
  • mammoet
  • Peterseninc
  • Premier
  • Sarens
  • secur
  • WCS

2017 Industry Partners

  • OCNI
  • UXC