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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 ANS Award
Topic: Research in Science or Engineering
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Engraved Bronze Medal
The Seaborg Medal recognizes an individual for outstanding scientific or engineering research achievements associated with the development of peaceful uses of nuclear science. This award honors excellence worthy of international recognition sustained over a period of time.
The award consists of an engraved bronze medal. It is to be made no more frequently than once per year and is presented during the ANS Winter Meeting.
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.
The award was established in 1983 to provide high-level recognition for sustained technical accomplishments contributing to peaceful uses of atomic energy. It is funded out of the general Honors and Awards fund and named after Glenn T. Seaborg, the inaugural recipient.
Nominations for candidates for the award are invited by an announcement in Nuclear News and an open call for nominations to all ANS members.
Nominees are evaluated by a subcommittee of the Honors and Awards (H&A) Committee. The committee must have at least five members. If the committee determines that there is no candidate of sufficient merit, the committee may recommend that the award not be made in that year.
The selection committee reviews the nominations and makes a selection which is forwarded to the ANS Executive Committee for their approval.
Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:
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