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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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Neutron noise monitoring during plant operation expedites flexure replacement at Salem-1
The nuclear industry has historically relied on intermittent ultrasonic test and visual inspections of pressurized water reactor components to identify and manage degradation. While this reactive approach has proven to be effective, imagine a scenario in which the degradation could propagate throughout the reactor internals, making a more proactive measure necessary to avoid a major enterprise risk to the plant. Could a utility identify the onset of degradation within the reactor internals during plant operation? If so, could a repair be developed prior to the next refueling outage to prevent additional, cascading degradation? That is exactly the situation that Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Westinghouse engineers were able to navigate over the course of the 2019–2020 operating cycle at Salem Unit 1, resulting in a tremendous success for the plant and a historic landmark in the nuclear industry, while earning the team a 2021 Nuclear Energy Institute Top Innovative Practice (TIP) award.
Technical Session|Panel|Sponsored by Executive Panels
Wednesday, June 16, 2021|11:00AM–12:45PM (12:00–1:45PM EDT)
Steven P. Nesbit (LMNT Consulting)
Brett Rampal (Clean Air Task Force)
John Starkey (ANS)
The lack of progress with the back end of the fuel cycle in the United States has been a source of great frustration to most parties involved, including industry, regulators, and governments at all levels. With the Yucca Mountain project going nowhere, calls for "consent based siting" have re-emerged despite a lack of consensus on what it means in our system of government. Over the next few months, the Biden Administration is expected to put forward its proposals for a new approach. Private used fuel consolidated interim storage facilities are expected to receive licenses this year, but both face opposition from their host states. Alternative technologies to conventional direct disposal are part of the discussion again. Informed panelists representing important constituencies will offer their insights into how the country may be able to move forward again with an integrated approach to nuclear waste management.
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