The Only Place To Hear Real Insight From The Industry's Top Decision Makers

Every year our speaker line-up is handpicked to bring you the decommissioning, used fuel and environmental management information that really matters to your business - 2017 will be no different.

Nuclear Energy Insider is already working hard to put together a list of speakers for 2017 that is better than ever before. Over the coming weeks we’ll have some big name speakers to share with you - make sure your register your interest in the 2017 summit here to ensure you’re the first to hear who will be sharing insight.

Take a look at who spoke at the 2016 summit to get an idea of the leading figures that the Nuclear Decommissioning & Used Fuel Summit attracts:

Decommissioning, Used Fuel & EM Decision Makers

Jim Madigan
Jim Madigan
CNO Technical Advisor and Director of Oversight
Regulatory Affairs & Nuclear Safety Culture

SCE
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Technical Advisor to the Chief Nuclear Officer and Director, Nuclear Oversight, Safety Culture, and Regulatory Affairs San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Southern California Edison

Jim Madigan serves as technical advisor to the Chief Nuclear Officer, director of Nuclear Oversight, Safety Culture, and Regulatory Affairs at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). As technical advisor to the CNO, he provides support for strategic decommissioning projects.

Prior to assuming his current role, Jim served as director, Site Recovery. During his 34 year nuclear career, he has held leadership roles in Radiation Protection, Operations, Nuclear Training, and Performance Improvement.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Walker Matthews
Senior Attorney
SCE
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SCE

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Steven Scheurich
Steven Scheurich
VP Nuclear Decommissioning
Entergy
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entergy

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Paul Paradis
Paul Paradis
Decommissioning Director
Entergy
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entergy

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Loren Sharp
Loren Sharp
Senior Director Decommissioning - Diablo Canyon & Humboldt Bay
PG&E
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PG&E

Loren joined Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in 2007. Holding positions as Sr. Director or Director for PG&E at Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) and Humboldt Bay Power Plant (HBPP), he is currently the HBPP Nuclear Plant Manager and is responsible for decommissioning. Loren has 28 years in the nuclear industry plus 11 years’ experience destroying chemical nerve agent and weapons worldwide. Loren has BS and MS degrees in nuclear engineering, a PE in mechanical engineering, and SRO (Senior Reactor Operator) certification, and is a member of the American Nuclear Society. Loren is leading 1 billion dollar trust fund project to decommission HBPP nuclear facility and remediate land to nuclear residential standard.

Decommissioning has included first-of-a-kind Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) robotic segmentation equipment and associated demolition challenges at HBPP. HBPP has also used the world’s largest unique Cutter Soil Mix equipment and processes in the civil and structural engineering arena to install a structure 110 feet inner diameter, 13 feet thick and 160 feet below grade.

Jerry Keto
Jerry Keto
Vice President, Nuclear Decommissioning
Ontario Power Generation
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Ontario Power Generation

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Don Jarron
Don Jarron
Pickering SAFSTOR Project Manager
Ontario Power Generation
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Ontario Power Generation

Don Jarron is the Director of the SAFSTOR (Safe Storage) project for the Nuclear Decommissioning Division of Ontario Power Generation. Don is responsible for the scoping, modifications and reconfigurations required to safely and cost effectively place the Pickering Nuclear Station into a SAFSTOR state in the early 2020’s. Pickering is an 8 unit CANDU station located east of Toronto that went into service in 1972 and currently has 6 units in operation. Don has 29 years of nuclear experience combining Decommissioning, Inspections, Engineering and Project Management. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Western University in Canada. http://www.opg.com/generating-power/nuclear/stations/pickering-nuclear/Pages/pickering-nuclear.aspx

Steve Nesbit
Steve Nesbit
Director - Nuclear Policy
Duke Energy
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Steve Nesbit is director, nuclear policy and support, for Duke Energy. He is responsible for developing company policy positions related to nuclear power, and interacting with industry and government groups on used fuel management and related issues.

Nesbit joined Duke Power’s nuclear generation department in 1982. Since then, he has held various roles in nuclear safety analysis and fuel management. Between 1996 and 2005, Nesbit led Duke Energy’s efforts related to the use of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in its nuclear power reactors as a part of the Department of Energy project to dispose of surplus plutonium from nuclear weapons. He also managed used nuclear fuel activities.

In addition to the MOX fuel project, Nesbit has worked on other Department of Energy initiatives: the New Production Reactor Project, 1990 to 1992; the Yucca Mountain Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal Project, 1992 to 1996; and the Centralized Interim Storage Facility Project in 1996. These assignments included managing the groups responsible for licensing and safety analysis.

Nesbit received Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a past adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he taught nuclear engineering. 

Nesbit is an active participant in the Nuclear Energy Institute Integrated Used Fuel Management Working Group and the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition.  He is a member of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council Executive Committee. He is a past chairman of the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division and current vice chairman of the Piedmont Carolinas American Nuclear Society local section.

Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

John Sauger
John Sauger
Executive Vice President and CNO
EnergySolutions
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EnergySolutions

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Russ Workman
General Counsel
EnergySolutions
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EnergySolutions

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Andrea Kock
Deputy Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs
U.S. NRC (INVITED)
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U.S. NRC

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John Dowell
John Dowell
Deputy Manager - Office of River Protection
U.S. Department of Energy - Hanford Site
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 DOE

Jonathan “J.D.” Dowell was appointed as the Deputy Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of River Protection (ORP) in October 2013. In this capacity, he supports the ORP Manager as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the safe storage, retrieval, treatment, and disposal of 53 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste at the Hanford Site, including building and operating the world’s largest radiochemical processing facilities to vitrify Hanford’s tank waste and protect the Columbia River.

Prior to this position, he held various capacities of senior management at the Hanford Site including Assistant Manager for the River and Plateau, ORP Deputy Manager, and Assistant Manager for Engineering and Nuclear Safety. Since joining DOE’s Environmental Management team in 2008, he has completed DOE’s Nuclear Executive Leadership Training Course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s Certificate Program in Executive Management and Leadership and INPO’s Senior Nuclear Plant Manager’s Course.

Prior to joining DOE in 2008, J.D. served 26 years in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program where he enjoyed a full career in nuclear submarines and acquisition management. Captain (Ret) Dowell commanded the USS ALABAMA as well as the Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Center in Keyport, Washington. J.D. holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, and is a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certified level III program manager.

Jay Mullis
Jay Mullis
Deputy Manager - Oak Ridge
U.S Department of Energy
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DOE

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Michael Mikolanis
Michael Mikolanis
Assistant Manager for Infrastructure and Environmental Stewardship
U.S Department of Energy
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DOE

Michael A. Mikolanis is a General Engineer with nearly 31 years of engineering and field management experience associated with the design, construction, startup, operation and decommissioning of both government and commercial nuclear facilities.

He was appointed in 2015 as the Assistant Manager for Infrastructure and Environmental Stewardship for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Operations Office (SR) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. In this capacity, Mr. Mikolanis is responsible for program planning and oversight of integrated environmental compliance strategies; operation and maintenance of infrastructure systems; implementation of Federal Facility Agreement/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act cleanup programs; and deactivation and decommissioning activities.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Mikolanis held two other DOE leadership positions at SRS: Site Chief Engineer and Waste Disposition Engineering Division Director. Prior to arriving at the Savannah River Site, Mr. Mikolanis was a Departmental Representative Issue Lead in the Office of the Undersecretary of Energy responsible for overseeing engineering and nuclear safety activities at facilities that treat and dispose of legacy transuranic and liquid high-level wastes. In these positions, he provided advice and guidance in matters pertaining to the development, implementation, and interpretation of engineering and nuclear safety policy/standards related to the design, construction, startup, and operation of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. He was also a primary interface to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and was frequently called upon to provide leadership and technical expertise on matters that affect facilities and organizations throughout the DOE complex.

His experience also includes a technical leadership position with Bechtel Power Corporation during the design and licensing of a commercial nuclear power facility. Mr. Mikolanis managed the design activities necessary to obtain Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval of major modifications to nuclear safety systems, which earned him recognition as Bechtel’s Nuclear Engineer of the Year.

Mr. Mikolanis has held other leadership positions in the U.S. Navy submarine service as a certified Naval Nuclear Engineer Officer managing activities associated with the operation and maintenance of a naval submarine reactor as well as the refueling and overhaul of a prototype nuclear training reactor facility.

Mr. Mikolanis obtained a professional engineering license in the state of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards
Manager
U.S Department of Energy - Portsmouth Paducah Project Office
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DOE

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Leading Specialist Contractors

Ken Rueter
Kenneth Rueter
President and Project Manager
UCOR
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UCOR

Ken Rueter is UCOR’s President and ETTP Cleanup Project Manager. He previously served as Savannah River Remediation LLC President and Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Project Manager. Prior to that, he served as UCOR's Chief Operating Officer.

Ken brings more than 26 years of experience in his field to the UCOR team. He has led all aspects of site cleanup/remediation, radioactive waste treatment, and project integration, including project, construction, interface, and risk management as well as cost and schedule development.

At Savannah River Remediation LLC, Ken led a $3 billion high-level waste treatment and tank closure project. He oversaw a complex, integrated set of radioactive liquid waste facilities that remove high-level waste from the Savannah River Site’s large waste tanks, turning the waste into a safe, immobile glass form in the Defense Waste Processing Facility. In addition, he oversaw other areas, including salt waste processing, removing low-level radioactive materials from the tanks, and safely demonstrating and proving new technologies. His job involved operationally closing waste tanks once the tanks were emptied, cleaned, and certified for closure. He also maintained the site’s tank farms to ensure site missions could be executed.

Ken worked as Chief Operating Officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract (TOC) from June 2010 to May 2011. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project, which was valued at more than $600M per year with more than 1,500 personnel. These operations involved facility operations, business management, and capital and non-capital project execution under DOE Order 413.3.

Ken also served as the Director of Project Integration for Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington. He managed an annual budget of $40 million and a team over 300 personnel. He also ensured standardization in project management and controls, interface management, Earned Value Management project engineering, and construction and commissioning approach, definition, and control.

Also at TOC, Ken led the deployment of the URS Execution with Certainty project operational approach application to a federal project. This deployment entailed application of contract, business, project, and performance assurance methods and techniques. He was also responsible for overall operations and execution of $360M in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project and work scope. He received recognition that the ARRA project executed for the Office of River Protection was one of the best in the DOE complex.

Rod Baltzer
Rod Baltzer
President
Waste Control Specialists
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WCS

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Chris Miller
Chris Miller
VP Sales & Marketing
AREVA
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Areva

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Holtec International
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holtec

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James Blankenhorn
James Blankenhorn
WIPP Recovery Manager and Deputy Project Manager
Nuclear Waste Partnership
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Nuclear Waste Partnership

Jim Blankenhorn, Recovery Manager and Deputy Project Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 28 years of experience in nuclear safety, nuclear facility operations and processes, decontamination and decommissioning, engineering and project management. Prior to joining WIPP in March 2014, Blankenhorn was chief operating officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, where he managed more than 600 employees conducting more than $100 million in annual revenue, including operation of four nuclear and mixed waste treatment facilities, an industrial waste treatment facility, and an industrial hygiene and radiological controls instrumentation and calibration laboratory. He was previously deputy project manager for West Valley Environmental Services, LLC, and program director for the Waste Disposition Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory and served in various capacities at the Savannah River Site, including deputy chief engineer for the material disposition organization and deputy area project operations manager for the Waste Management Area Project. Blankenhorn has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Nuclear, Biological and Chemical program and currently has duties as a Brigadier General assigned as the Deputy Commanding General responsible for Army Reserve Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear forces. He holds a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, a master of science degree in environmental/hazardous waste management from National Technological University and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Senior Representative
PwC
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NAC International
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Joe Weismann
Joe Weismann
Director of Radiological Affairs
US Ecology
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us ecology

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).

John Matthews
John Matthews
Partner
Morgan Lewis
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Morgan Lewis

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
Sushil Jain
Mr Sushil Jain
Empyrean Services
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Empyrean

Mr. Sushil C. Jain is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Empyrean Services LLC. He has over 37 years of experience in the utility industry in the US and Canada. Mr. Jain was a Senior Vice President managing operations of a two-unit nuclear site near Pittsburgh. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Engineering and Services at a single unit nuclear site in Ohio. Mr. Jain formed Empyrean Services in 2000 to provide services to the US nuclear industry. He has served clients in many executive support programs in the energy industry on national and international levels.

Mr. Jain holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Patricia Tuite
Patricia Tuite
Empyrean Services
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Empyrean

Patricia G. Tuite, CCP has over thirty years of engineering, management, and power plant valuation and federal tax cost segregation experience with a concentration in capital project design and costing. Her experience in power generation includes utilities and independent power producers and spans several technologies including nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, gas turbine combined cycle, gas turbine simple cycle, waste to energy, geothermal, solar, biomass, and wind. Patty also has expertise in the design and construction of transmission and distribution assets.

Prior to joining Empyrean, Patty spent thirteen years with a big four accounting firm as a Director of Engineering and Construction Consulting Services and eighteen years with Duquesne Light Company in both nuclear power generation and transmission and distribution. She was assigned to Beaver Valley Power Station for five years where she performed start-up test engineering and taught plant operators. During this time she acquired a detailed knowledge of plant operations, plant equipment, and nuclear plant systems. In the area of transmission and distribution, Patty managed the design of the overhead and underground electrical distribution system to all new customer services. She was directly responsible for the development and human resource loading for a $20M capital budget. She has supervised a staff of engineering technicians and service representatives while managing over 100 projects per year.

Patty is a certified cost professional with the Association of the advancement of Cost Engineering International. Patty has also published an article entitled A Multidisciplinary Approach to Pollution Control Property Tax Exemptions for New Power Plants in the September 2008 Edition of Cost Engineering The AACE International Journal of Cost Estimation, Cost/Schedule Control, and Project Management.

Patty has an MS in Information Systems Management from Robert Morris University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University.

jay peters
Jay Peters
President, ANS Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences Division
Haley & Aldrich

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haley & aldrich

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nadia glucksberg
Nadia Glucksberg
Lead Hydrogeologist
Haley & Aldrich

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haley & aldrich

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Top Industry Experts

Mike Callahan
Mike Callahan
President
Government Strategies Incorporated

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Governmental Strategies Incorporated

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Larry Camper
Larry Camper
Consultant
Talisman

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Talisman 

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Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Principal Technical Leader
EPRI

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EPRI 

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Tom-Galloway
Tom Galloway
President & CEO
North American Transmission Forum

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North American Transmission Forum 

Thomas J. Galloway serves as the president and CEO of the North American Transmission Forum (NATF). As CEO, Mr. Galloway leads staff and facilitates member activities to achieve the NATF’s mission: to promote excellence in the reliable operation of the electric transmission system.

Mr. Galloway began his professional career in 1981 with Northeast Utilities, holding a variety of engineering and managerial roles. Mr. Galloway continued his career with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) for the next 10 years, gaining valuable experience and skills related to human performance, organizational effectiveness, operational excellence, and performance improvement. Mr. Galloway subsequently served as interim president and CEO for SERC Reliability Corporation and SERC’s vice president and director of compliance. In this role, Mr. Galloway was responsible for the implementation of the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) within the SERC region. Immediately prior to joining NATF, Mr. Galloway was NERC’s chief reliability officer and the senior vice president for the Reliability Performance organization. Mr. Galloway continues to be driven by his passion for electric system reliability and the recognition of the critical role electricity plays in everyday life.

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Jim Hamilton
President
National Spent Fuel Collaborative
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national spent fuel collaborative

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John-Kessler
John Kessler
President
J Kessler & Associates, LLC

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J Kessler & Associates, LLC

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Rick McLeod
Rick McLeod
Executive Director
SRSCRO

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SRSCO

Rick McLeod has served as Executive Director of the SRSCRO since May 2008. He brings a wealth of business experience, technical training and knowledge of the local area to his position with over 25 years experience in business development, fundraising and project management across public and private sectors. McLeod was formerly president of Crescent Environmental Management Corporation in Aiken and served as Technical Advisor to the Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board.

He was also part of a comprehensive development department for a national non-profit conservation organization and has extensive experience with foundation and corporate donations, federal grants and appropriations, and conservation easements. McLeod received his B. S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and his Master’s in Environmental System Engineering from Clemson University.

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  • NAC
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