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Nuclear conference calls attention to security changes

The opening plenary at the American Nuclear Society's (ANS) 2006 Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico will highlight the commitment of decision makers within the nuclear community to improve security at all nuclear facilities.

Top nuclear officials from around the world will gather, November 12-16, 2006 to discuss nuclear policies, guidelines, designs and research. Opening the meeting on Monday at 8 a.m. is a plenary session titled, "Ensuring the Future in Times of Change-Nonproliferation and Security." Speakers include Harold McFarlane, ANS President; Tom Hunter, Director at Sandia National Laboratory; Michael Anastasio, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory; Senator Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico); Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico); Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Johnston and Associates; and Dale Klein, Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). They will discuss innovations and advances in security for both public and private interests.

The Presidents Special Session titled: Perspectives on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) will take place on Monday at 1p.m. with remarks from Dennis Spurgeon, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy; Craig Hansen, V.P. Washington Operations, BWX Technologies, Inc.; and Reinhard Hinterreither, President and CEO, National Enrichment Facility.

Two embedded topical meetings will also be held with the ANS Winter Meeting: The 17th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (TOFE) and the 5th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrument, Controls and Human Machine Interface Technology.
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