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2023 ANS Winter Conference and Expo
November 12–15, 2023
Washington, D.C.|Washington Hilton
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The Ubiquity of PFAS: An Emerging Issue in Decommissioning
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an anthropogenic class of several thousand chemicals made for use in products such as nonstick cookware, water-, grease-, and stain-resistant materials, surfactants, and fire suppression foams , are emerging as a complicating factor in nuclear decommissioning. These chemicals, which have been manufactured globally, including in the United States, have gained regulatory and public attention due to their persistence and ubiquity in the environment, ability to be detected at low parts-per-trillion levels, and health-based standards set at levels hundreds to thousands of times lower than more classic contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
2021 CONTE Virtual Meeting Plenary Session Speaker
Kos Dovas is the Vice President of Training at Exelon Generation located in Warrenville, Illinois. Mr. Dovas is accountable for safe, effective and efficient implementation of the Training Programs across Exelon’s fleet of twelve Nuclear Power Plants. This includes responsibility for the governance and oversight of Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Chemistry, Radiation Protection and General Worker training programs as well as oversight of successful Accreditation Renewal and Nuclear Regulatory Commission operator licensing processes.
Mr. Dovas joined Exelon in 1997 and has held various positions in operations, site training leadership, corporate training oversight and has served as an Accreditation Team Leader at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Most recently before assuming his current role in 2019, Mr. Dovas served as the Director of Fleet Nuclear training.
Mr. Dovas serves as the chairperson for the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Licensed Operator Focus Group which interfaces with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on matters of operator licensing on behalf of the industry and is also a member of the Excelsior College Nuclear Engineering Technology Industry Advisory Committee.
Mr. Dovas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Technology, an AAS degree Electrical/Electronic Automated Systems and a PWR Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certification at Braidwood Station.
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