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2022 ANS Annual Meeting
June 12–16, 2022
Anaheim, CA|Anaheim Hilton
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A call to action
John C. Wagner
Like many of you, I have dedicated my career to the advancement of nuclear energy. We chose this path because clean energy changes lives. If we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, end energy poverty, develop a U.S. power grid that is secure and resilient, and ensure national security, nuclear must be a significant part of the mix.
But let us acknowledge the reality of our situation. Nuclear power plants continue to close. New reactor projects are too often delayed by cost overruns and red tape. Not having solved the politics for a permanent repository, spent fuel sits at shut-down reactor sites.
We find ourselves perpetually running the hamster wheel, building paper reactors, and grinding our teeth as critics cloud public discourse by regurgitating old fears and clinging to the tired tropes of a bygone era.
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The ANS PSA biennial topical conference has been a forum for communication on major probabilistic risk and nuclear safety topics worldwide, including issues, methods, applications, insights, policy, research, and risk-informed regulation experience. The overarching theme of PSA 2019 was the role of probabilistic methods in understanding uncertainties and improving the safety and security of nuclear facilities and activities. PSA 2019 had 129 presentations with topics including multiunit and full-site PSA, dynamic PSA, advanced and small modular reactors (SMRs), the human-machine interface and human reliability assessment (HRA), waste processing/cleanup, reliability of systems/structures/components, natural phenomena/seismic and fire risk, the growing area of decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities, testing to reduce uncertainties, as well as advances in core areas of traditional Level 1, 2, and 3 PSA.