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Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences
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.
Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2023)
May 7–11, 2023
Idaho Falls, ID|Snake River Event Center
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
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Idaho site achieves spent fuel milestone
At Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy leaders joined tribal, state, and local officials; contractors; and workers on March 28 to mark a recent milestone with the state of Idaho nearly 25 years in the making. The milestone was the completion of a spent fuel wet-to-dry project more than nine months ahead of a 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement deadline.
February 6–9, 2023
Maintaining Excellence Today – Building the Nuclear Workforce for Tomorrow!
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
Thank you for participating in the Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)!
The Proceedings of CONTE 2023 are now available to all who registered for the conference. Access to the Proceedings is linked to the account you used to register for the meeting.
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The Conference on Nuclear Training and Education is more than an invitation to a meeting, lecture, or video. CONTE 2023 is part of the incredible next steps in providing a safe, reliable source for our clean energy economy.
This conference comes at a crucial time on every front for America’s nuclear industry and education. Learning methods, systems, and technologies are rapidly transforming before our eyes to allow learning to take place essentially anywhere the learner may be and in a delivery format that they may choose. Almost every higher educational learning institution is offering the ability to take courses remotely using flexible scheduling, with materials that are easily accessible, eliminating the need to carry a book bag or notes from location to location. Virtual learning environments allow students to experience being in-field task performance in a safe environment without being exposed to radiological or industrial safety hazards of a complex nuclear plant while learning.
But there is more at stake than advances in training and education: We have a strong call to act to sustain the safe, reliable, and vital role nuclear power plays in the future of environmentally friendly energy. We have a duty to act on our energy future for the security of our planet, our country, our families, and the future of our children and their children. In support of these goals, it is exciting to see that the nuclear industry in the United States is growing for the first time in quite a long time. Two new large reactors, Vogtle 3 and 4, are scheduled to begin operation within 18 months. This will be the first new nuclear generation brought online in over 30 years. What an incredible milestone to achieve! At the same time, several stations have applied and received operating license extensions for an additional 20 years, clearing the way for 80 years of operation for these units. Several companies are looking out on the horizon to develop plans for the construction and operation of small modular reactors (SMRs) with enhanced safety and security features. These SMRs require a much smaller capital investment to build, may be more easily cited, and provide greater flexibility due to the scalability of the newer technologies. The future is bright for the nuclear industry in the U.S. again.
Our safe and secure society, economy, and futures are linked directly to these exciting opportunities. Nuclear energy plays a critical role today and in the future. Every clean energy plan includes a high reliance on nuclear to reach set decarbonization goals. And this requires sustaining a highly skilled workforce today and building the workforce of tomorrow with skill sets to deliver the new nuclear future.
CONTE 2023: “Maintaining Excellence Today – Building the Nuclear Workforce for Tomorrow!”
CONTE 2023 Program Cochairs
Christopher A. McClain(Dominion Energy)
Andrew Thomas (Idaho National Laboratory)
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