A 2-day Agenda Packed with the Latest Case Studies, Technologies and Industry Analysis

A huge milestone for the U.S. Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel industry is upon us. With the first generation of shutdown materializing, the market is heating up and huge changes are taking place.

The agenda for the 5th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning & Used Fuel Strategy Summit was designed to help your organization navigate this complex and fast-changing industry and keep the industry up-to-date with the latest procurement opportunities and advancements within the industry

The 2018 conference will feature even more utility case studies and unrivalled insight into how to optimize economic efficiencies whilst maximizing safety. Be the first to see the 2018 agenda, speaker line-up and new workshops by downloading the conference brochure here.

Agenda Highlights:

Live technology showcase - ‘shark tank’ style Live Innovation & Technology Showcase
Interactive cybersecurity workshop Global Utility Case Studies
Shutdowns & Turnarounds Upcoming Decommissioning Opportunities Keynote
Maintenance & Reliability Exclusive Closed-Door Utility Workshop
Technology zone - try out the latest gadgets New Commissioner Panel Session
New networking breakfast What’s Next for Used Fuel?

Session 1: Market Forecast & Regulatory Updates
U.S. Decommissioning Market Forecast: Current & Future Projects
  • Get an industry update on the U.S. plants currently in decommissioning and those projected to shut down in the near future, recognizing risk factors which increase the likelihood of premature closures
  • Ascertain the industry’s response to plant closures and understand how the risk of premature closure can be mitigated through state support and the use of tax credits
  • Participate in an interactive question and answer session to discuss reasonable forecasts of upcoming plant shutdowns and provide input into areas for future technology development, supply chain management and skills shortages
The Atomic Makerspace: A Hands-on Vision for Creating the Nuclear Lifecycle
  • The creative, get-it-done Maker Movement models the energy and approach for building the U.S. nuclear fuel cycle
  • Challenges are opportunities for applying innovation and expertise
  • New ideas and new tech open new options for an efficient system of used fuel management and decommissioning
Decommissioning Rulemaking Update
  • Get an update on the progression with decommissioning rulemaking efforts and gauge the expected timescale for their final release to enable the transition to decommissioning without the use of exemptions
  • Familiarize yourself with the efforts to provide clarity between the spent fuel requirements in Parts 50, 52 and 72, create a graded approach to emergency preparedness and maintain three existing decommissioning options and associated timeframes
  • Review, discuss and feedback to regulators on the proposed rulemaking changes to reduce future costs and workloads through the formalized transition from operations to decommissioning
Regulatory Support for the License Transfer of Spent Fuel
  • Understand how regulatory bodies view the changing market of license transfer and how they plan to support with approvals and requests from a regulatory format
  • Recognize how license transfer will impact financial assurance regulations and the regulatory impacts for new licensee’s and non-utility owners
  • Discuss the best ways in which new companies can define and interpret regulatory requirements
Legal Issues Related to Nuclear Decommissioning
  • Get an overview on the legal issues relating to nuclear decommissioning to understand how to mitigate future risks
  • Hear about the status of state efforts to keep nuclear plants operating through clean energy credits and related Courts of Appeals cases
  • Receive an update on the ongoing NRC decommissioning rulemaking update and the industry’s priority goals
Commissioner Panel Session: The Impact of Decommissioning on the State
  • Hear from commissioners from multiple states including Vermont to recognize the impacts on and concerns for the state as a result of decommissioning
  • Understand the long-term impacts of decommissioning on state communities such as employment and tax implications
  • Recognize how the choice between immediate decommissioning or SAFSTOR impacts the state in terms of risk and financial commitment over time, with reference to ethical issues and the disposal of used fuel
Session 2: Decommissioning Operating Experience & Strategy
Case Study: Status update on Entergy’s Decommissioning Activities
  • Get a schedule and status update on the decommissioning of Entergy’s fleet including the shutdown plans for Pilgrim
  • Hear about the progress being made at Vermont Yankee on its proposed sale and the transfer of the NRC licenses
  • Understand how the future of decommissioning looks for Entergy and how they plan on optimizing decommissioning strategy
Planning for Decommissioning: How to Optimize Your Strategy
  • Hear from utility representatives on how they are planning for future decommissioning to ensure maximum preparation for any unexpected closures
  • Understand the potential challenges arising from planning shortcomings, and how best to mitigate safety and economic risks upon reactor shutdown
  • Identify the key lessons learned from the industry on when to start planning for decommissioning and how to strategize for the eventual decommissioning of reactors
Project Update: Mature Decommissioning Project
  • Hear about the progress to date at a mature decommissioning project and how the transition from operating status to decommissioning was executed
  • Understand how the project has been carried out in comparison to the original decommissioning plan including scheduling and budgets
  • Discover the challenges which have been overcome during decommissioning work and how the lessons that have been learnt can be applied to other projects
Panel Session: International Decommissioning Projects
  • Get an overview of the global market for commercial reactor decommissioning projects, hearing about active projects and preparations for future projects
  • Understand the international market outlook and where opportunities lie for U.S. companies to break into the supply chain
  • Hear about the creative ways in which dismantling has successfully taken place outside of the U.S. and how these techniques can be used to dismantle different reactors
Change Management and the Transition to Decommissioning
  • Hear from utility representatives on the major challenges faced during the transition from an operations and maintenance business to a project-based decommissioning organization
  • Better understand the implications of decommissioning on the organization such as changes to employee agendas, company culture, the use of tools and more to assist with the decision to enter into DECON or SAFSTOR
  • Learn how utilities can best deal with the loss of talent and the transfer of workers, and the optimal techniques to take your employees through this process
Historical Site Assessments (HSAs) that Coordinate MARSSIM and State Regulations: Streamlining the Non-Radiological Site of Site Characterization and Decommissioning for Future Cost Savings
  • Learn why HSAs, which form the basis of the site characterization process, should also include the specific requirements that are unique to state and EPA regulations
  • Hear specific examples of HSAs from Vermont Yankee, Diablo Canyon and Zion that illustrate how incorporating the state regulations into the HSA process streamlines implementation of the site closure
  • Understand how to streamline the Non-Radiological Site of Site Characterization and Decommissioning for Future Cost Savings
Session 3: Financial Discussions & Cost Estimation
Effective Trust Fund Management
  • Get to grips with the need for effective trust fund management in line with decommissioning activities and the allowable uses of the decommissioning trust fund
  • Further your understanding of the adequacy of decommissioning trust fund reserves and the time required to ensure trust funds grow to acceptable levels
  • Understand the risk of future regulatory change on trust fund management and refine how you plan and manage your trust fund with insights from NRC Regulatory Guidance, past practice examples and IRS guidance
Cost Estimation Trends & Evolving Practice
  • Hear about recent work on approaches to effectively and consistently estimate NPP back end costs to deal with and reduce NPP decommissioning cost uncertainties
  • Further your knowledge of underlying causes behind the apparent escalation of decommissioning costs and how these may be communicated
  • Gain valuable insights into cost estimation benchmarking and how these methods can be used to help you more effectively estimate costs for decommissioning projects
Navigating the License Transfer Landscape
  • Further your understanding of how license transfer to another organization works and how the decommissioning fund is managed
  • Get an update on the likelihood of consortiums taking title to the used fuel and if this is likely to become common practice for plants in the future
  • Understand the implications of license transfer with regards to transporting used fuel and discuss how DOE will approach taking used fuel from private firms
Session 4: Innovations & New Technologies
Interactive Technology Development Showcase
  • Witness five 10-minute snapshots from innovative technology developers on segmenting reactor internals, laser cutting, concrete decontamination, automating radiological characterisation and robotic delivery systems to learn where you can cut costs whilst maximizing safety
  • This interactive live technology showcase will put you as the audience centre stage to vote on and evaluate cutting edge technologies and their impact on the decommissioning industry
  • Further your knowledge of integrated management systems, digital techniques for regulatory communication and digital twins supporting robotics and technology testing
What’s Next for Innovation in Nuclear Waste?
  • Understand how utilities are conceptualizing and thinking outside the box on innovative ways to maximize economic efficiency for waste storage
  • Discuss what’s next for the waste industry in storing, processing and final disposal, evaluating ideas such as the automation of container design and using robotics to seal waste containers more effectively
  • Hear international perspectives on innovative ideas for waste storage, processing and disposal to learn how to maximize cost-efficiencies globally
Analysis of Dose Reduction Technology during Decommissioning
  • Hear a task-by-task review of cumulative worker exposure during decommissioning and identify those tasks that are most dose intensive to inform areas for technology development
  • Examine the effects of safe storage and chemical decontamination on radiation exposure during D&D and identify factors that have the most substantial effect on worker exposure
  • Compile lessons learned and radiation protection program elements to maintain radiation dose ALARA during decommissioning
Rack, Stack, Pack & Track: U.S. Nuclear Energy Moving & Storage
  • Exploring the latest technology at all stages of the developing U.S. nuclear fuel cycle
  • Two-year pool-to-pad, 45% ISFSI pad reduction, high burnup fuel canister, segmented reactor packaging, radwaste rail transport, and more
Session 5: Permanent and Interim Used Fuel Strategy
Strategy for Used Fuel: Permanent and Interim Storage
  • Recognize the importance of collaboration on strategy for permanent and interim used fuel storage
  • Understand the impact of the policy decisions, plans and logistics for Yucca Mountain on the approval of Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities (CISF) and gaining community support for interim storage
  • Hear from policy experts on the significance of the changing political landscape and the importance of local and state support in CISF approvals
Geological Disposal Updates
  • Realize the steps that are being taken at the highest levels of government to facilitate discussions on Yucca Mountain and the potential to move towards a centralized facility in the U.S.
  • Get an update on the efforts to relicense Yucca and the political discussions that are impacting on funding efforts
  • Discuss predictions for the 2019 Nuclear Waste Bills, the chances they have of being approved and their impact on plans for Yucca
  • Hear about progress with international facilities including Finland, Sweden, France and Canada
Update on License Applications for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities (CISF)
  • Get an update on the license application for the proposed CISF in New Mexico and the timescales for issuance of license
  • Recognize the safety applications for the used fuel storage technology underpinning the proposed facility
  • Understand how local and state support has been continually gained for the facility in New Mexico
Session 6: Used Fuel Storage, Transportation & Monitoring
Transferring High Heat Load Fuel from Wet to Dry Storage
  • Understand the challenges faced when transferring high heat load fuel from wet storage to dry cask storage and the tools which can pull heat out effectively
  • Recognize the impact of sudden plant shutdown and the requirement to close spent fuel pools on the heat load of fuel
  • Learn how best to deal with the transfer of high heat load fuel to dry cask storage as safely and time effectively as possible to capitalize on cost savings
Aging Management of Dry Storage Casks
  • Get an update on best practice for the extended storage of used fuel in dry storage casks and which environments put casks at a higher risk of corrosion and cracking
  • Hear about the active research on ageing management including the corrosion of casks and how owners can use active monitoring tools to track this
  • Better understand 10CFR72 regulations and get an update on the Managing Aging Processes in Storage (MAPS) Report to learn how it will impact used fuel storage
Transportation of nuclear waste
  • Get an update on the transportation designs currently under consideration and the likely time schedule of design approval
  • Get an update on transportation regulations, approved cannisters and how regulations are likely to be impacted when spent fuel begins to be transported to storage facilities
  • Recognize the risks of transporting long-stored fuel and how the needs of the dry storage and transportation market has led to technology development
Long-Term Stability of Radiation Monitoring
  • Understand the importance of the long-term stability of detectors for high quality measurement performance and accuracy
  • Hear from experts on the best techniques to be consistent and stable in the monitoring process, and the importance of detector calibration and cross-calibration
  • Hear about the latest technologies to provide accurate and reliable measurements such as integral automatic sensitivity monitoring

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Charlotte Howlett

Charlotte Howlett

Director - Global Projects
Nuclear Energy Insider
+44 (0) 20 7375 7182 (Global)
+1 800 814 3459 x7182 (US toll free)

Joshua Bull

Robert McManus

Commercial Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
+44 (0) 207 375 7204 (Global)
+1800 814 3459 x7204 (US)

2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • Holtec
  • TN Americas

Silver Sponsors

  • Energy Solutions
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  • NAC
  • Thomas Thor

Bronze Sponsors

  • Brandenburg
  • Deep Isolation
  • Haley & Aldrich
  • Kenrich
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Robatel
  • Studsvik
  • TSSD


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