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Penfield and Enos: Outage planning in the COVID-19 era
Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley plant, located about 34 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of many nuclear sites preparing for a scheduled outage as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March. The baseline objective of any planned outage—to complete refueling on time and get back to producing power—was complicated by the need to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While over 200 of the plant’s 850 staff members worked from home to support the outage, about 800 contractors were brought in for jobs that could only be done on-site. Nuclear News Staff Writer Susan Gallier talked with Beaver Valley Site Vice President Rod Penfield and General Plant Manager Matt Enos about the planning and communication required.
Beaver Valley can look forward to several more outages in the future, now that plans to shut down the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, each rated at about 960 MWe, were reversed in March. “The deactivation announcement happened in the middle of all our planning,” Enos said. “It’s a shame we haven’t had a chance to get together as a large group and celebrate that yet.”
While the focus remains on safe pandemic operations, the site now has two causes for celebration: an outage success and a long future ahead.
For International Participation at ANS National and Topical Meetings
Today, as in the past, many travelers to the U.S. must obtain a visa, and this requirement is generally mandatory for international participants at American Nuclear Society (ANS) National and Topical Meetings. The visa process includes application forms and face-to-face interviews, as well as collection and cross-checking of names in a highly sophisticated U.S. Government inter-agency database.
These name checking and registration processes are necessary and crucial elements that protect U.S. citizens and visitors, so please allow for extra time in your planning to invite international participants to ANS meetings.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that your meeting planning, with respect to invitation of international participants, be especially timely, in order to allow your international participants a minimum of three to four months to obtain their visas. Note that some countries will require at least three to four months, so your international meeting participants need to submit their visa applications as soon as possible. Please emphasize the need to APPLY EARLY!!
Further, it is recommended that the preceding information be included on your conference website.
Hopefully, the preceding instructions and actions will help ANS meeting organizers to expedite their meeting planning so that the today's more stringent requirements of the visa application process are not a barrier to international participation/information exchange.
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