An Unrivalled Speaker Line-Up of the Industry’s Top Decision Makers

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.

Decommissioning and Used Fuel Decision Makers

  • Tom Palmisano
    SCE
    Tom Palmisano
    VP Decommissioning and CNO
    SCE (invited)
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    Tom Palmisano serves as vice president, Decommissioning and Chief Nuclear Officer at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the planned decommissioning of the plant.

    Prior to assuming the role of vice president, Decommissioning and Chief Nuclear Officer, he served as site vice president and vice president of Engineering, Projects, and Site Support Services. During his 30-year career in the commercial nuclear industry, he has held leadership roles as vice president of Nuclear Oversight for Entergy Nuclear located in Mississippi, site vice president for Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant and Cooper Nuclear Station. His career also includes roles as site vice president, general plant manager, operations manager and systems engineering manager at Palisades Nuclear Plant.

    Tom began his career serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. He holds an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University.

  • Mary Fisher
    OPPD
    Mary Fisher Senior Director, Fort Calhoun Station Decommissioning
    OPPD
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    Mary Fisher joined OPPD in June 2015, as the division manager, Corporate Business and Planning. Over her short tenure at OPPD she has moved into the role of senior director, Fort Calhoun Station Decommissioning.
    Fisher works to ensure continued safe operation of the facility until it is transitioned into a long-term safe storage condition. Her responsibilities include safety, security, planning, project management, overall station performance and financial oversight. She brings decommissioning expertise from her previous experience at a nuclear power plant in Colorado. Her guidance and leadership help to ensure the successful decommissioning of the plant.

    She has 30 years of experience in the power industry. Prior to coming to OPPD, she worked for a large investor-owned utility in various energy industry capacities including engineering, transmission, strategic planning, financial forecasting and generation projects.

    Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Colorado School of Mines with a minor in economics. She and her husband, Karl, are new to Omaha and enjoy exploring their new home.

  • Susan Raimo
    Entergy
    Susan Raimo Senior Counsel
    Entergy
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  • Lisa Frizzell
    Nuclear Waste Management Organization
    Lisa Frizzell VP Stakeholder Relations
    Nuclear Waste Management Organization (invited)
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  • Rounette Nader
    Duke Energy
    Rounette Nader Director, Nuclear Policy and Support
    Duke Energy
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    Rounette K. Nader is the Director of Nuclear Policy and Support at Duke Energy. Nader is responsible for decommissioning strategies for the Duke Energy fleet as well as other policy support issues for the Chief Nuclear Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President.

    Prior to becoming Director of Nuclear Policy and Support, Nader held positions in Oconee engineering, license renewal, new nuclear plant development, and business planning and strategy since joining the company in 1992.

    Nader earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina.

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    Maine Yankee
    Eric Howes Director of Government and Public Affairs
    Maine Yankee
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    Ontario Power Generation
    Gord Sullivan Director of Eastern Used Fuel and Deep Geologic Repository
    OPG
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  • Art Rob
    Ontario Power Generation
    Art Rob Vice President Nuclear Decommissioning
    OPG
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  • Loren Sharp
    PG&E
    Loren Sharp Senior Director Decommissioning, Diablo Canyon & Humboldt Bay
    PG&E
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Government and Regulatory Insights

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    US NRC
    Alysia Bone Project Manager
    US NRC
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  • Dan Schinhofen
    Nye County Board of County Commissioners
    Dan Schinhofen Chairman
    Nye County Board of County Commissioners
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    Dan Schinhofen is in his second term as the District Five Commissioner for Nye County, Nevada. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

    Dan was appointed to the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission in 2007 and served until 2009. He was first elected to the County Commission in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. The Board of County Commissioners has repeatedly selected Dan to serve as the liaison Commissioner for nuclear waste issues. In that capacity, he interacts with the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy, State and local governments, the nuclear industry, and other interested stakeholders on the Yucca Mountain repository. He has participated in numerous conferences, forums and public meetings on the local, state and national level related to nuclear waste disposal issues.

    On behalf of the Nye County Board of Commissioners, Dan also serves on the Regional Transportation Commission, is the liaison to the Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board, and the Pahrump Nuclear Waste & Environment Advisory Committee.

    Before moving to Pahrump, Nevada in 2004, Dan lived in Las Vegas for 10 years. He previously lived in California, where he owned a landscaping business and was a licensed minister working with individuals dealing with drug addiction and homelessness. He lives in Pahrump with his wife of 39 years, Tammy, as well as his three children and four grandchildren.

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Leading Specialist Contractors

  • Sam Shakir
    AREVA Nuclear Materials
    Sam ShakirPresident and CEO
    AREVA Nuclear Materials
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    Sam Shakir is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AREVA Nuclear Materials (ANM), the U.S. subsidiary of the global company New AREVA, which transforms nuclear materials to serve society and to generate clean energy.

    Shakir oversees all ANM businesses in the U.S. including: MCE for sales of uranium fuel, conversion and enrichment services; AREVA D&D for decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities through its joint venture with NorthStar, named Accelerated Decommissioning Partners; TN America offering the full breadth of used nuclear fuel management, including storage, transportation and facility management; AREVA Med for the development of medical isotopes for targeted immunotherapy for fighting cancer; and AREVA Federal Services for offering the full complement of engineering and technology to solve some of the more complex nuclear material processing, conditioning and packaging for the U.S. Department of Energy.

    Throughout his career, Shakir has actively developed businesses, deployed new technologies, arranged financing, and led project and engineering organizations in various nuclear and renewable energy sectors. With more than 25 years of operational and commercial business management experience, Shakir has held several senior executive management positions within the AREVA Group.

    Prior to his current role, Shakir served as the Group Executive Vice President of AREVA Renewables where he led a global businesses to deploy Solar CSP, offshore wind, and biomass projects in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. Prior to that, he served as the CEO of AREVA Enrichment Services, where he led the development of a project to license and design a uranium enrichment facility in the U.S. Previous positions with AREVA also include VP Strategy for the Back End Business Group, VP Business Development, and Product Engineering Manager for Transnuclear Inc. (now TN America). He also served as Project Manager with ABB at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

    Shakir earned an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Engineering from Concordia University.

  • Pierre Oneid
    Holtec International
    Pierre Oneid Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer
    Holtec International
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    Mr. Pierre Paul Oneid is the Senior Vice President of Holtec International, and President of SMR, LLC, A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Holtec International. Mr. Oneid earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Canada in 1998 and a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1981. Mr. Oneid is a Professional Engineer with thirty-four years of experience in the Nuclear Industry, including twelve years in mechanical and structural design, eight years in Business Development, and fourteen years in Executive Positions. He is a member of NEI, Nuclear Strategic Initiative Advisory Committee (NSIAC), and NEI, Suppliers Advisory Committee (SAC).

    Mr. Oneid is the corporate executive responsible for the Nuclear Power Division, and the Heat Transfer Division. Mr. Oneid views himself as Holtec’s transformation executive with the mission to imbue the company with a “Customer First Customer Foremost” ethos through which he seeks to deepen the company’s relationships with its clients using a core group of the company’s personnel dedicated to strengthening service and responsiveness. He also serves as the Chairman of the Holtec International’s Executive Committee.

  • Joy Russell
    Holtec International
    Joy Russell Vice President - Corporate Business Development
    Holtec International
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  • Juan Subiry
    NAC International
    Juan Subiry Vice President, Market and Product Strategy
    NAC International
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    Ms. Joy Russell is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where she studied Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 1987. After serving for 8 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. army in the U.S. and Europe, she returned to the academic world to study Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from where she graduated in 1995 with a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering.

    Prior to joining Holtec International in 1997, Ms. Russell worked for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and the State of Maryland in the defense, commercial, and public health sectors of the nuclear industry, in positions of increasing responsibility. Shortly after joining Holtec, Ms. Russell played a significant role in helping strengthen the company’s site services organization by developing specialty services such as remote assay of continued effectiveness of neutron absorbers (Blackness testing). A published nuclear specialist, she also played a critical role in the development and licensing of Holtec’s first generation dry storage and transport systems in the late 1990s. Some of the nuclear analysis methodologies pioneered by Ms. Russell continue to serve as the licensing bases for Holtec’s dry storage and transport systems and components. Highly regarded as an astute business strategist and a proven consensus builder within the company, Ms. Russell has led in guiding the direction of the Company’s R&D program to maintain its alignment with the needs of the nuclear industry since 2005. In 2011, Ms. Russell’s executive responsibilities were expanded to include support of the business development efforts of all Holtec operating divisions from the corporate level and leadership of the company’s communications and public outreach program.

    Ms. Russell is a member of the ABET Accreditation Advisory Board for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a member of Holtec’s Executive Committee.

  • Joe Weismann
    US Ecology
    Joe Weismann VP
    US Ecology
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    Joe Weismann is the Vice President of Radiological Programs and Field Services for US Ecology. Joe has over 19 years experience in the areas of applied radiation protection, remediation, radioactive waste management/disposal, and nuclear facility D&D projects in the commercial, DOD and DOE sectors. Joe is responsible for all aspects of the company's radiological program, including direction of radiological staff and oversight of radiological safety and compliance programs at our Class A/B/C licensed disposal site in Richland, WA as well as low-activity radioactive disposal facilities in Idaho, Texas, and Nevada. He also serves as the company's primary point of contact on all radiological related correspondence with both customers and regulatory agencies (state and federal). Joe has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a comprehensive certification from the American Board of Health Physics (CHP).

  • Marc Peel
    Atkins
    Marc Peel Proposal Director and iCAPS System Director
    Atkins
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    Westinghouse
    D. Wayne Lewis Director, Waste Facilities
    Westinghouse
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Industry Experts

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    PwC
    Speaker TBD PwC
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  • Rod McCullum
    NEI
    Rod McCullum Senior Director, Used Fuel and Decommissioning
    NEI
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    Rod McCullum has been working at NEI since 1998. He has 30 years of nuclear engineering, licensing, management and regulatory policy experience. Currently, at NEI, he leads industry technical and regulatory efforts to improve used fuel management and nuclear plant decommissioning programs. He held prior positions in Government (with the Department of Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear power plants). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and a Master of Business Administration degree (Lewis University, 2000).

  • Jerry Bonanno
    NEI
    Jerry Bonanno Associate General Counsel
    NEI
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  • John Matthews
    Morgan Lewis
    John Matthews Partner
    Morgan Lewis
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    John E. Matthews assists clients seeking regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for first-of-its-kind commercial transactions involving nuclear power plants. He also advises on commercial issues relating to nuclear power plants, other nuclear assets, nuclear export controls, certain government contract matters, and NRC review of license transfers. Clients turn to John for guidance regarding decommissioning funding issues and foreign ownership, control or domination (FOCD) issues.

    John helps clients navigate the unique insurance and liability issues associated with the ownership and operation of nuclear assets under US and international nuclear liability regimes. He directs litigation teams in contested licensing proceedings before the NRC and in complex commercial litigation involving nuclear assets. John also provides counsel in commercial transactions involving the acquisition and/or financing of nuclear assets. Engagements include the development of the South Texas Project, Units 3&4, and the sale of Zion station to ZionSolutions for decommissioning.

    Additionally, John advises on the internal restructurings of electric utilities holding reactor licenses and on acquisitions or sales of companies holding NRC and/or Agreement State nonreactor nuclear licenses. He counsels clients through the development of new nuclear power plant projects, and advises individual utilities and industry groups regarding NRC rulemaking activities and other nuclear regulatory issues. John has represented clients in NRC hearings relating to the licensing of the South Texas Project, Units 3&4, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, numerous contested license transfer proceedings, license amendment proceedings, and contested import/export license proceedings.

    He periodically speaks at industry conferences regarding nuclear asset transfer issues, new nuclear plant issues and FOCD issues.

    AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS

    • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2016)

    • Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2016)

    • Listed, International Who’s Who Legal for Energy Lawyers (2013–2016)

    • Listed, The Legal 500 US (2015)

    • Member, American Bar Association

    • Member, Federal Energy Bar Association

    • Captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    • Former Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law

    ADMISSIONS

    • District of Columbia

    • Texas

    EDUCATION

    • Georgetown University, 1986, B.S.F.S., Cum Laude

    • University of Virginia School of Law, 1990, J.D.

    SECTORS

    • Energy

    SERVICES

    • Energy Regulatory

    • Energy Litigation

    • Energy Transactions

    • Corporate, Finance & Investment Management

    • Litigation, Regulation & Investigations

    REGIONS

    • North America

  • Paul Bessette
    Morgan Lewis
    Paul Bessette Partner
    Morgan Lewis
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    Paul M. Bessette counsels nuclear utilities, reactor designers, and other nuclear service providers in licensing, regulatory, adjudicatory, and litigation matters. He has litigated more than 10 lawsuits before the US Court of Federal Claims in connection with federal obligations to accept and remove spent nuclear fuel, and supports ongoing settlements of spent fuel claims with the government. He also advises clients on licensing of new-generation nuclear power plants, and counsels nuclear utilities in their applications to renew existing nuclear power plant operating licenses.

  • Rick Reid
    EPRI
    Rick Reid Technical Executive, Fuel and Chemistry Group
    EPRI
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  • Larry Camper
    Talisman International
    Larry Camper Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant
    Talisman International
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  • Matthew Eyre
    Matthew Eyre Eyre Nuclear Energy Consultancy
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    Matthew Eyre received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia.

    Matthew has almost 40 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, fuel performance and spent fuel management of US light water reactors.

    During his career, Matthew has authored and has contributed to numerous technical papers and industry articles. He has received industry awards regarding his innovations, which have improved the operations and maintenance of nuclear power plants. Matthew has a number of patents in the area of spent fuel management.

    Matthew currently provides consulting services to a number of clients in the areas of nuclear fuel performance and spent fuel management.

  • Daniel McGarvey
    Marsh
    Daniel McGarvey Managing Director – U.S. Power and Utility Practice
    Marsh
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    Dan serves as chairman of Marsh’s U.S. Power Utility and Nuclear Practice where he is responsible for services provided to over 250 U.S. utility clients.  He joined Marsh as a nuclear risk management consultant in 1989, and has provided consulting and placement assistance to more than two-thirds of the reactor operators in the United States, as well as many of the fuel suppliers, contractors, waste handlers and manufacturers who support them.  Dan has led the placement efforts for all U.S. nuclear construction projects currently underway, has placed coverage for five decommissioning projects, was the first insurance professional to survey the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and recently returned from India where he represented EPC contractor interests in evaluating the emergent Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool.

    Experience      

    Dan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the nuclear surface ship community, attaining the designation of Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer and retiring as a Commander.  He was hired in 1989 as a nuclear utility risk management consultant, and worked in Phoenix as western regional consultant for the Nuclear Group.  During eight years with the Phoenix branch, he broadened his experience to include the service of large public sector, utility and construction accounts.  He subsequently served as Casualty Unit Manager, Account Manager, and western regional resource for utility, construction, and public sector opportunities.  He transferred to the Charlotte in 1997 to lead the southern region nuclear and utility practices, and led Marsh’s operations in South Carolina prior to being appointed chairman of the Power, Utility and Nuclear Practice.

    Education

    B.S. US Naval Academy (Honors)
    Naval Nuclear Power Training
    Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer Certification
    MBA-Finance, University of Rhode Island, 1989 (Honors)

    Dan is a RIMS Fellow has been named five times as one of the most influential U.S. insurance brokers in Risk & Insurance Magazine’s annual Power Broker issue. He was honored with the Words of Wisdom Award at the 2015 IRMI conference and received the inaugural RIMS Ambassador Award at the 2016 RIMS national conference. He is an accomplished speaker and has been featured at thirty-five national Risk and Insurance Management Society presentations.

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