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The mission of the Decommissioning and Environmental Sciences (DES) Division is to promote the development and use of those skills and technologies associated with the use of nuclear energy and the optimal management and stewardship of the environment, sustainable development, decommissioning, remediation, reutilization, and long-term surveillance and maintenance of nuclear-related installations, and sites. The target audience for this effort is the membership of the Division, the Society, and the public at large.
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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.
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ANS Utility Working Conference
The Utility Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has contributed greatly to the success of the nuclear power industry.
The award consists of an engraved plaque that is presented each year in conjunction with the ANS Utility Working Conference (UWC).
This award was established in 1994 by the Operations and Power Division. In 2005 it became an official ANS award.
The criteria are non-specific. Therefore, the nomination must provide supporting details and enough facts for the selection committee to make an informed decision.
Submit nominations in Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copies can be mailed to:
OPD UWC Awards ChairUtility Working ConferenceAmerican Nuclear Society555 N. Kensington AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526-5535
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