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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.
Jinkai Wang, Modi Lin
Nuclear Technology | Volume 203 | Number 3 | September 2018 | Pages 221-231
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2018.1448671
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Many countries have paid more attention to seismic risk in nuclear power plants recently. Recent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission actions have increased the expectation that major efforts will be required to expand plant Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA) models to include seismic events. PRA is a powerful tool to identify the seismic vulnerabilities in a nuclear power plant. This study introduces a method to quantify seismic risk in a nuclear power plant. A special seismic risk quantification tool was developed to perform uncertainty simulation for seismic occurrence frequencies and failure events probabilities in this work. Compared with some other software, some significant improvements were made in simulation scope and data processing method. This study took a nuclear power plant under construction in China as an example. The seismic vulnerabilities were identified and the risk insights were proposed to further reduce the risk. In order to optimize the plant design, a risk-informed seismic PRA was applied in the design for the first time. An optimization strategy is proposed to make the plant more cost effective and competitive in the market. This study provides a very useful guidance for plant design optimization in the future.