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Marco Island, FL|JW Marriott Marco Island
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Metz on Harold Denton: Memories of a life in nuclear safety
A number of years ago, historian and writer Chuck Metz Jr. was at the Bush’s Visitor Center in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains when he ran into former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Harold Denton and his wife. Metz was at the visitor center, which opened in 2010 and is now a tourist hotspot, because, as he explained to the Dentons at the time, he had overseen the development of its on-site museum and had written a companion coffee-table history book.
The chance meeting turned into a friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Denton, who in 1979 was the public spokesperson for the NRC as the Three Mile Island-2 accident unfolded, had been working on his memoir, but he was stuck. He asked Metz for help with the organization and compilation of his notes. “I was about to retire,” Metz said, “but I thought that exploring the nuclear world might be an interesting change of pace.”
Denton passed away in 2017, but by then Metz had spent many hours with his fast friend and was able to complete the memoir, Three Mile Island and Beyond: Memories of a Life in Nuclear Safety, which was published recently by ANS. Metz shared some of his thoughts about Denton and the book with Nuclear News. The interview was conducted by NN’s David Strutz.
November 11–15, 2018
Joining Forces to Advance Nuclear
Orlando, FL|Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Daniel Churchman (Fleet Engineering Director, Southern Nuclear)
John D. Bess (R&D Nuclear Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory)
Assistant Program Chairs:
Robert Margolis (Principal Engineer, Florida Power & Light)
Gokul Vasudevamurthy (Scientist IV, General Atomics)
Embedded Topical Meeting
Leigh Winfrey (Associate Professor, University of Florida)
Trey Gebhart (Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
John Gilligan (Executive Associate Dean, North Carolina State University)
Arnold Lumsdaine (R&D Engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Gregory Staack (Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory)
Student Program Chair:
Lauren Garrison (Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Xu Cheng (Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
John C. Luxat (Professor, McMaster University)
Sofiane Benhamadouche (Expert Researcher, EDF R&D)
Sama Bilbao y Leon (Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs, Virginia Commonwealth University)
Elia Merzari (Nuclear Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory)
Piyush Sabharwall (Nuclear Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory)
Yong Hoon Jeong (Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
The second Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Conference (ANTPC) 2018 is rescheduled to take place
during the ANS Winter Meeting due to widespread flooding following Hurricane Florence. This Meeting is co-sponsored by
the American Nuclear Society's Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Fuel Cycle Waste Management Divisions. The goal is to
stimulate conversation among nuclear science researchers, facilities operators, and policy makers and provide a venue for
discussions on relevant policy and technical needs in nonproliferation.
John Mattingly (Associate Professor, North Carolina State University)
TECHNICAL PROGRAM COCHAIRs:
Rian Bahran (Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Margaret Harding (4 Factor Consulting, LLC)