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2022 ANS Annual Meeting
June 12–16, 2022
Anaheim, CA|Anaheim Hilton
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Maximizing decommissioning lessons learned
Larry W. Camper
The track record for the successful decommissioning of nuclear facilities, both nationally and internationally, is impressive. In the United States, we have decommissioned many nuclear facilities, including complex materials sites, uranium recovery sites, research and test reactors, and nuclear power plants. To date, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 10 nuclear power plants have been completely decommissioned for unrestricted use, and another 26 power reactor sites are currently undergoing decommissioning through either SAFSTOR or DECON, following NRC regulatory requirements. In addition, the Nuclear Energy Institute identifies three nuclear power plants that were successfully decommissioned outside of NRC jurisdiction. While such a track record is impressive, the nuclear industry must be vigilant in focusing on lessons learned in order to continue to make gains in efficiency, cost savings, improved environmental stewardship, and enhanced stakeholder confidence. In reviewing the outcomes of decommissioning over many years, a number of key lessons learned have emerged.
Top Tier Award
Topic: Nuclear Policy and Non–proliferation
Downloads: Download Nomination Form
Presented at the
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Engraved Bronze Medal
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal is an award to be made to an individual in recognition of outstanding leadership in public policy for nuclear science and technology or outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear nonproliferation. This award is to recognize and honor excellence worthy of international recognition sustained over a period of time.
The award consists of an engraved bronze medal. It is presented during the ANS Winter Meeting on a bi-annual basis.
Nominees may be from any nation, but they must not be deceased at the time the awardee is selected and need not be ANS members. Only in exceptional cases will a posthumous award be made.
This award was established in 2014 by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division (NNPD) and is named after the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who played an instrumental role in nurturing the nuclear age to technical and political maturity. In June 2018, the NNPD and H&A committee agreed that the award should be elevated to a national Top Tier ANS award, from its current division-level status, and renamed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal. It is funded by the general Honors & Awards Fund.
Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:
The principal sponsor has the responsibility of (a) securing the required letters of recommendation from the other co-sponsors, (b) assembling the nomination package and (c) submitting it to ANS headquarters along with his or her own recommendation of the nominee by the deadline indicated in the call for nominations announcement.
Evidence of the candidate's merit to receive the Eisenhower Medal shall be submitted in the form of written recommendations from the sponsors, specifying the candidate's outstanding accomplishments and contributions in nuclear public policy and/or the field of nuclear nonproliferation. The selection of the award is determined by critical review and assessment of submitted credentials and qualifications; hence, due care should be exercised in the preparation of the nomination package. In the process of review and selection, the emphasis is placed on excellence and beneficial impact of achievement in nuclear public policy and/or nuclear nonproliferation as evidenced by (a) outstanding original research, documented in refereed scientific journals or major publications and/or (b) recognized outstanding results achieved through leadership in nuclear public policy and/or nuclear nonproliferation, supported by the nomination letters.
Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copies can be mailed to:
Honors and AwardsAmerican Nuclear Society555 N. Kensington AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526-5535