Thursday | June 7
- 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
- 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
- Chair - Larry W. CamperUSNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety ConsultantTalisman International LLC
- 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM
The Policy, Economic, and Climate Implications of Nuclear Retirements
A high-level discussion of the broader impact that the decommissioning of U.S. nuclear power plants that closed earlier than anticipated could have on the U.S. economy and climate change policy.
- 8:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Alternate Pathways for Decommissioning and Strategic Trust Fund Management
This module will provide a thorough discussion of the strategic decisions facing the utilities, including when to decommission (now or later), and the relative trade-offs of the approaches - DECON, SAFSTOR, ENTOMB. Adequacy of the decommissioning trust fund reserves and time required for funds to grow to adequate levels, implications of transferring responsibility for project completion to future generations, and risk of regulatory change will be discussed by a roundtable of utility and industry experts.
a. Adequacy of the decommissioning trust fund reserves; time required for the funds to grow to adequate levels.
b. If we defer, what are the risks of regulatory change (and potential cost impact)?
- 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Innovative Business Models for Decommissioning - the Potential to Accelerate Project Completion
This session will present the relative advantages of innovative business models for the decommissioning industry, including the impact of outsourcing to specialist teams. Industry experts will discuss the impact of the decommissioning timeline and the potential for accelerating the project schedule.
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New and Innovative Technologies for Decommissioning
This session will showcase new innovative D&D technologies, including decontamination, large component removal, remote handling, and robotics. The relative importance and application of robotics and automation in decommissioning projects will be presented and discussed.
a. How to reduce the time for decommissioning project completion (e.g., use of specialist teams).
b. How can we address the lack of experienced decommissioning project managers to handle the increasing number of projects (some running concurrently) in the US and globally.
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
The Significance of Interim Storage and an Approved Transportation Plan
This session will provide a comprehensive update on the progress underway towards siting the commercial interim storage facility at WCS and the underground interim storage facility in New Mexico. The significance of policy decisions on Yucca Mountain and the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and the importance of stakeholder outreach will be discussed. The U.S. DOE Transportation Program office will provide an overview of current transportation design approaches under consideration.
a) Will the transportation plan be in place when the interim waste storage sites are approved and completed?
b) The Significance of Interim Storage and an Approved Transportation Plan
c) If we defer, what are the risks of regulatory change (and potential cost impact)?
- 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
- 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Nuclear Decommissioning Regulatory Update; State and Federal Implications
This session, presented by NRC and industry experts, will provide a comprehensive update on important regulatory issues and developments and nuclear decommissioning rule making. Topics will include license renewal for dry cask storage and Part 50 mitigation for foreign ownership.
- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Decommissioning Market and Business Opportunities Overview, including Supply Chain Opportunities for Small and Medium Size Providers
Providing an overview of the global market for commercial nuclear plant decommissioning - with a specific emphasis on US projects currently underway or projected through 2050, as well as the market opportunities for major contractors/ teams, and small-medium size supply chain providers. This session will discuss the macro forces in global energy markets that drive the trends in decommissioning, as well as the impact of recent court decisions on plant closures.
a) What are the decommissioning market opportunities and issues for small-to-medium size players in the supply chain?
b) Availability of qualified manpower for retired units & decommissioning
- 5:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday | June 8
- 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Day One Recap
- Larry Camper, CEP, REP, CWMP, CIPM, AMCUSNRC Retired, Nuclear Safety ConsultantTalisman International LLC
- 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
How to Advance Coordination with Federal and State Agencies
This session will serve to identify the various federal and state agencies that a decommissioning site will need to contact and interact with along the way during the decommissioning process. The session will specifically provide case examples of interactions with federal and state regulatory agencies and utility commissions etc. along with the planning and lessons learned to make the overall decommissioning process more efficient and effective.
a) What are the various agencies that must be contacted when a site undergoes decommissioning?
b) Are there regulatory processes that are not well understood and that can create significant delays in the decommissioning process?
c) Are there different decommissioning criteria that must be known and addressed?
d) Precisely, what is the role and impact of the various state agencies on the decommissioning process?
- 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Update on Current Decommissioning Projects in the U.S. and the Availability of Experienced Project Managers
This session will provide an update on US decommissioning projects underway - with a focus on key experiences and lessons learned and the importance of effective stakeholder outreach at the local and state levels. This session will specifically discuss the availability of experienced project managers to handle the increasing number of projects (some running concurrently) in the US and globally. Utility and contractor experts will provide first-hand experience from projects undergoing or preparing for decommissioning (e.g., Zion, SONGS, Vermont Yankee).
a) What is the impact of court decisions on plant closures in NY and IL on other plants (OH, PA, NJ, CT)?
- 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Lessons Learned and the Future/Wrap Up
Major conclusions and participant takeaways will be reviewed within the context of the most important challenges and opportunities for the U.S. commercial nuclear plant decommissioning industry.
- 12:30 PM – 12:30 PM
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