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HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics
Eric Goldin, president of the Health Physics Society, is a radiation safety specialist with 40 years of experience in power reactor health physics, supporting worker and public radiation safety programs. A certified health physicist since 1984, he has served on the American Board of Health Physics, and since 2004, he has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ Program Area Committee 2, which provides guidance for radiation safety in occupational settings for a variety of industries and activities. He was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012 and was elected to the NCRP in 2014.
Goldin’s radiological engineering experience includes ALARA programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring.
The HPS, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is the largest radiation safety society in the world. Its membership includes scientists, safety professionals, physicists, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals from academia, industry, medical institutions, state and federal government, the national laboratories, the military, and other organizations.
The HPS’s activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Its members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.
Goldin talked about the HPS and health physics activities with Rick Michal, editor-in-chief of Nuclear News.
D. Petti, R. Hill, J. Gehin, H. Gougar, G. Strydom, T. O’Connor, F. Heidet, J. Kinsey, C. Grandy, A. Qualls, N. Brown, J. Powers, E. Hoffman, D. Croson
Nuclear Technology | Volume 199 | Number 2 | August 2017 | Pages 111-128
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2017.1336029
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
An assessment of advanced reactor technology options was conducted to provide a sound comparative technical context for future decisions by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concerning these technologies. Strategic objectives were established that span a wide variety of important missions, and advanced reactor technology needs were identified based on recent DOE and international studies. A broad team of stakeholders from industry, academia, and government was assembled to develop a comprehensive set of goals, criteria, and metrics to evaluate advanced irradiation test and demonstration reactor concepts. Point designs of a select number of concepts were commissioned to provide a deeper technical basis for evaluation. The technology options were compared on the bases of technical readiness and the ability to meet the different strategic objectives. Using the study’s evaluation criteria and metrics, an independent group of experts from industry, universities, and national laboratories scored each of the point designs. Pathways to deployment for concepts of varying technical maturities were estimated for the different demonstration systems with regard to cost, schedule, and possible licensing approaches. This study also presents the trade-offs that exist among the different irradiation test reactor options in terms of the ability to conduct irradiations in support of advanced reactor research and development and to serve potential secondary missions.
The main findings of the study indicate the following: (1) for industrial process heat supply, a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor is the best choice because of the high outlet temperature of the reactor and its strong passive and inherent safety characteristics; (2) for resource utilization and waste management, a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) is best because of the use of a fast flux to destroy actinides; (3) to realize the advantages of a promising but less-mature technology, a fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactor and a lead-cooled fast reactor fare about the same; (4) for fulfilling the needs of a materials test reactor, a SFR is considered best because of its ability to produce high fast flux, incorporate test loops, and provide additional large volumes for testing.