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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  • Session 1: Industry Updates and Keynote Sessions
    The State of the Industry in 2017

    Gain insights into the state of the industry in 2017 and how this will affect nuclear projects and operations across North America

    • Understand reasoning behind State intervention in the preservation of their local nuclear power plants, and what this could mean for the nuclear industry as a whole
    • Discuss Exelon’s recent acquisition of the FitzPatrick station from Entergy, giving you crucial insight into the reasons for them doing so
    • Realize the work being done by the Federal government to advance the discussion on centralized storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel, offering clarity and guidance to you and your organization
    Yucca Mountain: Reviving the Discussion under the Trump Administration
    • 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
    Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Used Fuel and Decommissioning, NEI
    Dan Schinhofen, Chairman, Nye County Board of County Commissioners
    North American Decommissioning Case Studies
    • Hear the latest updates on decommissioning projects from across North America and understand the political, financial and regulatory efforts required to do so safely and efficiently
    • Get to grips with the adverse market and political conditions in the US and why this has led to many owner/operators deciding to shut down their plants earlier than anticipated  
    • Understand the importance of effective early planning in the decommissioning process and how this can help you alleviate later challenges in decommissioning projects
    Loren Sharp, Senior Director Decommissioning, Diablo Canyon & Humboldt Bay, PG&E
    Tom Palmisano, VP Decommissioning and Chief Nuclear Officer, SCE
    Mary Fisher, Senior Director, Fort Calhoun Station Decommissioning, OPPD
    Accelerated Decommissioning Partners: Offering an Innovative Approach to Decommissioning
    • Understand the decommissioning joint venture formed by AREVA and NorthStar and what this could mean for the future of decommissioning in the US
    • Get to grips with how the joint venture will combine the core competencies of both AREVA and NorthStar to create innovative methods in decommissioning project management
    • Hear first-hand how the complete and permanent transfer of ownership of the asset, including used nuclear fuel, from utility owners to the ADP could be conducted and what this means for the stakeholders involved
    Sam Shakir, President and CEO, AREVA Nuclear Materials
    Interim Storage Facilities: Offering a short-term solution for the Used Fuel Issue
    • Understand the factors behind commercial used fuel storage projects being explored in the US and what the Yucca discussion revival could mean for these projects
    • Hear directly from project leaders, utility representatives, government and regulatory officials on how interim facilities can solve the US’ used fuel issue in the short-term
    • Get to grips with complex regulatory, financial and siting challenges that hinder these projects in order for you to align your used fuel strategy with project timelines
    Session 2: Licensing and Regulatory Updates for Decommissioning Projects Session 2: Used Fuel and Waste Storage Updates
    Decommissioning Regulatory Rulemaking Efforts
    ISFSI Pad Licence Renewal
    • Understand how the regulator keeps up to date with a fast-moving part of the industry, ensuring they are prepared for new regulatory changes and applications for new projects
    • Familiarize yourself with undergoing efforts to modify the regulatory framework to smooth the transition from plant operations to shuttered status which will lessen costs and workloads for future decommissioning projects
    • Better understand the current framework and how it applies to your organization in regards to areas such as ISFSI pad re-licensing, enabling you to refine long-term decommissioning plans to ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness
    • 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
    Moderator: Larry Camper, Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant, Talisman International
    Alysia Bone, Project Manager - Regulatory Rulemaking Branch, US NRC
    Rounette Nader, Director, Nuclear Policy and Support, Duke Energy
    Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Used Fuel and Decommissioning, NEI
    ISFSI Licence Transfers in the Decommissioning Process
    Used Fuel and Waste Management regulatory updates from Canada
    • Understand why used fuel storage licences are being permanently transferred to the vendor during decommissioning
    • Get to grips with the legal, regulatory and financial implications in complete transfer of an ISFSI pad, allowing you to align this your future decommissioning strategy
    • Hear case study examples on complete and permanent used fuel storage transfers and take away important lessons learned
    • Understand how a Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) will allow for the accelerated decommissioning of many older structures and waste storage facilities located at Chalk River once it is completed
    • Get to grips with the formal Environmental Assessment that has started and is part of the licensing process needed to obtain approval for construction and operation
    • Hear first-hand on the work of the Canadian industry in developing best practices in used fuel and decommissioning through information sharing and how this has affected projects across Canada
    Understanding State and Federal Regulatory Requirements
    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant – An Update into Resumed Operations
    • Get to grips with required state and federal regulatory requirements that relate to decommissioning projects, such as Certificates of Public Good and licensing requirements for the independent storage of spent nuclear fuel under part 72.54 of the NRC’s Code of Federal Regulations
    • Gain insight into industry examples that can help you better plan for future decommissioning activity, such as the early preparation for the post-shutdown activities report pursuant to (10 CFR), Section 50.82(a)(4)
    • Understand how to effectively navigate these requirements in order to adequately prepare for future decommissioning projects
    • Get insight into the work done before recent resumption of waste operations in April 2017
    • Gain valuable knowledge into the fire and radiological event leading to the shut-down of WIPP and the best practices that have been honed since
    Decommissioning and Used Fuel Management Legal Issues Panel Session
    Adaptive Phased Management – Canada’s Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel
    • 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 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
    John Matthews, Partner, Morgan Lewis (Host)
    Susan Raimo, Senior Counsel, Entergy
    Jerry Bonanno, Associate General Counsel, Nuclear Energy Institute
    Paul Bessette, Partner, Morgan Lewis
    Lisa Frizzell, VP Stakeholder Relations, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization
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    Session 3: Effective Long Term Planning for Decommissioning Session 3: Used Fuel and Waste Storage Facility Updates
    Prior Planning for Future Decommissioning During Operations
    Commercial Interim Storage Facilities: An Update
    • Fully grasp the benefits of early planning during operations in order to prepare to safely and effectively transition to a shut down state
    • Understand best practice examples from case studies in decommissioning that will allow you to understand where to devote resources for future planning
    • Identify notable decommissioning challenges early, such as the retention of experienced staff, adequate trust fund management and NRC compliance activities, allowing you to avoid complications for projects in the future 
    • Understand the regulatory processes being undertaken to approve plans for CIS Facilities and the timelines ahead that could mean industry-wide spent fuel storage in the coming years
    • Get to grips with the required interactions with the Department of Energy to ensure projects comply with existing regulations and environmental standards which are necessary in new projects
    • Evaluate the viability of storing spent fuel in CIS Facilities from your plant and begin to adopt a plan for transportation and regulatory compliance, allowing you to better prepare for future fuel storage projects 
    Effective Trust Fund Management
    A CIS Facility for New Mexico - Latest Updates
    • 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
    • Get updates on the ongoing efforts of Holtec International in their pursuit of the US’ first underground consolidated interim storage facility
    • Understand how the project is progressing and the roadmap ahead for licensing, construction and fuel storage
    • Create future spent fuel storage strategies, considering the options presented by commercial projects
    Mike Zurlo, Managing Director, ABZ Pierre Oneid, Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer, Holtec International
    Joy Russell, Vice President – Corporate Business Development, Holtec International
    Eric Howes, Director of Government and Public Affairs, 3 Yankees
    Decommissioning cost estimating -a fresh approach
    Working towards a Low-Intermediate Level Waste Deep Geologic Repository in Canada
    • 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
    • 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 
    Marc Peel, Proposal Director and iCAPS System Director, Atkins Gord Sullivan, Director of Eastern Used Fuel and Deep Geologic Repository, OPG
    Preparing a Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report: Case Studies
    • Understand the standard format of a PSDAR in compliance with 10 CFR Part 50
    • Hear case study lessons learned that are applicable to the PSDAR, including; early communication between the NRC and licensees, the possible need for additional environmental modelling of groundwater, having a clear relationship between the planned decommissioning activities and the associated cost estimate and providing sufficient information addressing non-radiological impacts of the proposed action, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act
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    Session 4: Case Study Analysis and Decommissioning Model evaluation Session 4: Recent R&D Efforts in Used Fuel and Waste Management
    Risk Assessment in Decommissioning Projects
    Neutron Absorber Development and Performance for Spent Fuel Storage
    • Understand the methods being used to accurately determine risks in decommissioning projects, allowing you to better prepare for the decommissioning process in the future
    • Hear case study examples of successful risk assessment activities and how they led to more effective management of funds and expectations in a project
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    Daniel McGarvey, Managing Director, Marsh Matthew Eyre, Nuclear Energy Consultant, Eyre Nuclear Energy Consultancy
    Recent Decommissioning Case Studies
    Driving Innovation in Used Fuel Transportation
    • Highlights of US Ecology business and initiatives
    • Review of Idaho and Michigan Waste Disposal Sites
    • Decommissioning Project Case Studies
    • Understand industry efforts to innovate the used fuel transportation process, including specialist railcars that are suitable for carrying used nuclear fuel
    • Realize the challenges faced with nuclear regulatory compliance as well as traditional transportation regulatory compliance in areas such as rail transport
    • Learn how innovative adaptations to current modes of transport can lower costs whilst maintaining strict safety standards, enabling you to better plan for eventual used fuel transportation
    Joe Weismann, Vice President, US Ecology  
    Interacting with Local, State and Federal Actors in the Planning Process
    Dry Storage Cask Design Features
    • Understand case study examples of how fostering community acceptance of a decommissioning project can help alleviate issues in the future
    • Get to grips with best practices in planning for decommissioning by engaging with State and Federal actors early, allowing you to better understand the requirements for decommissioning projects  
    • 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
      Juan Subiry, Vice President, Market and Product Strategy, NAC International
    Insights into Innovations in Decommissioning Activities
    Innovations in Used Fuel Management Technologies and Methods
    • Understand industry efforts in examining the viability of using advanced robotics in the dismantling of a nuclear reactor and what this could mean for reducing radiation exposure, cutting back project timelines and saving money
    • Assess the viability of using technologies such as advanced cutting tools, automation and more in achieving higher efficiencies in the decommissioning process 
    • Hear first-hand case studies in the use of these advanced technologies and methods in decommissioning projects around the world, allowing you to best prepare for your site-specific decommissioning project
    • Further your knowledge on industry efforts to drive efficiency in used fuel management in areas such as data analytics and joint research into high burnup fuel
    • Understand methods being explored to examine cask deterioration in adverse conditions over time and how this could potentially change means of used fuel storage at sites across the US
    • Evaluate the use of data analytics from past fuel cycles to better plan for back end fuel operations

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Ben Moss

Ben Moss

Senior Industry Analyst
Nuclear Energy Insider
FCBI Energy
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Robert McManus

Commercial Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
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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

  • Manafort
  • NAC
  • PwC
  • Robatel
  • us-ecology

2017 Bronze Sponsors

  • aecom
  • Atkins
  • Haley & Aldrich
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Nikkeikin
  • TSSD
  • Westinghouse

2017 Exhibitors

  • Brokk
  • mammoet
  • Peterseninc
  • Sarens

2017 Industry Partner

  • OCNI