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Issue # 03, <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

Leading the way in Nuclear Information and Records Management<br />

<strong>Inside</strong><br />

magazine<br />

Visit us at: <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org<br />

The 2019<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Board Members<br />

P.28<br />

NRC, The ODD Solution for the Digitization<br />

of Operator Licensing Records P.5<br />

ST Imaging, Efficient and Accurate Microfilm<br />

Conversion P.6<br />

Bentley, Immersive Digital Operations for<br />

Improved Safety & Asset Performance P.10<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference Pictorial P.12

Contents<br />

Feature Articles<br />

5 The ODD Solution for the<br />

Digitization of Operator<br />

Licensing Records<br />

By Mackenzie Stevens, NRC<br />

6 Efficient and Accurate Microfilm<br />

Conversion<br />

By Matt Anderson, ST Imaging, nextScan<br />

8 Chronicles of NIM: A<br />

Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Yang, Kismet Consulting<br />

10 Immersive Digital Operations<br />

for Improved Safety & Asset<br />

Performance<br />

By Leslie Robins & Sandra DiMatteo, Bentley<br />

12 <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference Pictorial<br />

in every issue<br />



MEET THE <strong>NIRMA</strong> BOARD—24<br />


RIMBU NEWS—26<br />

PDBU NEWS—27<br />


M&MBU NEWS—28<br />



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Rich Giska and Sarah Perkins receiving recognition from <strong>NIRMA</strong> President,<br />

Michelle Smith for their support of the ANSI Audit Project.<br />

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5 Keynote Speakers<br />

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n October 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission’s Office of Nuclear Reactor<br />

Regulation (NRR) approached the Office of the<br />

Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for help<br />

building a system that would automate the operator<br />

licensing (OL) process. The OL process for new<br />

candidates can take two years or longer: the candidate<br />

must complete an accredited training program certified<br />

by the National Nuclear Accrediting Board and pass<br />

exams that are specific to the site(s) for which a<br />

candidate is seeking to be licensed to operate. As one<br />

can imagine, there is quite a bit of tracking and<br />

managing of the candidates throughout the process, and<br />

a lot of paperwork!<br />

The OL Assistants, who’ve been invaluable to the<br />

Operator Digitized Docket (ODD) project, are<br />

inundated with creating packages for management<br />

signature, then scanning and profiling these documents<br />

into the Agencywide Documents Access and<br />

Management System (ADAMS), as well as performing<br />

their other job duties. Based on a study conducted in<br />

2014, it was estimated that there were 385 new operator<br />

licenses issued across the agency, which accounted for<br />

approximately 1,540 files that were packaged, scanned,<br />

and profiled for more than 460 hours of work! That is a<br />

lot of paper and a lot of time! The new solution, ODD,<br />

delivers the secure, time and cost saving solution to the<br />

digitization endeavor! The system is basically a<br />

workflow of actions that comprise the OL process.<br />

The Electronic Information Exchange (EIE),<br />

which provides direct input to ODD, allows for the<br />

timely, secure, and cheap electronic delivery of OL<br />

documents to the agency and the transmittal of these<br />

documents back to the candidate or licensee. Without<br />

the interface to EIE, licensees would continue to mail<br />





By Mackenzie Stevens, NRC IT Specialist<br />

documents to the agency via the U.S. Postal Service.<br />

Because ODD and ADAMS are hosted on the<br />

same platform, after the OL documents are delivered<br />

electronically to the NRC, the documents are<br />

electronically profiled and added to ADAMS directly<br />

from the ODD system.<br />

ODD also interfaces with the Reactor Program<br />

System (RPS), which is the authoritative source for OL<br />

data. ODD uses a capture tool to extrapolate data from<br />

candidate licensing applications sent via EIE, and sends<br />

the data to RPS. Prior to this interface, the OL<br />

Assistants keyed in the data after receiving the hard<br />

copies from the licensees.<br />

One of coolest features of ODD is the ability to<br />

electronically sign OL documents. Exam graders and<br />

Branch Chiefs at the NRC electronically approve the<br />

various OL documents and, upon using the “Sign”<br />

function, an image of the signature is imprinted onto the<br />

document in the appropriate box. After approval, the<br />

documents are auto-profiled (with the exception of a<br />

few properties) and added into ADAMS without manual<br />

intervention. This is a tremendous time saving from<br />

having to populate each document property by hand<br />

after scanning the documents into ADAMS.<br />

The interfaces and features of ODD make the<br />

system an innovative solution for the digitization of OL<br />

records. At the time of this writing, ODD is completing<br />

pilots with all four NRC regional offices and can only be<br />

used to manage new operator licenses. However, once<br />

other licensing workflows are implemented in the<br />

system, it is projected to save the agency around<br />

$276K annually … and there’s nothing ODD about<br />

that!<br />

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By Matt Anderson, Vice President of Marketing<br />

n previous issues of the <strong>NIRMA</strong> newsletter, we<br />

have covered best practices for microfilm<br />

conversion. Those topics have included speed,<br />

accuracy, image quality, as well as quality control.<br />

One topic overlooked is how effective the scanner is at<br />

detecting individual frames of data. Two common<br />

techniques<br />

available today are<br />

edge detection and<br />

complete ribbon<br />

scanning, one<br />

using last century’s<br />

technology and the<br />

other defining the<br />

way we capture<br />

microfilm in the<br />

digital age.<br />

Before deciding<br />

on which scanner<br />

is best for you, ask<br />

your vendor what<br />

type of frame<br />

detection their<br />

product supports.<br />

This is the most important element that affects capture<br />

accuracy and overall conversion efficiency.<br />

Most entry-level film and fiche scanners were<br />

originally designed for on-demand use. They employ<br />

what is commonly known in the industry as “edge<br />

detection.” This technology utilizes the camera and<br />

software to detect a gap between frames, indicating the<br />

end of one and the beginning of another. Unfortunately,<br />

there is no way to know if every image was captured or if<br />

any were missed without checking each frame<br />

individually.<br />

Ribbon scanning technology is a digital scanning<br />

technique applying a line scanning technology that<br />

captures all the data from an entire roll of microfilm,<br />

from top to bottom, beginning to end. The system does<br />

not rely on edge detection and does not miss a single<br />

frame. This technique guarantees everything on the roll<br />

was captured and allows for<br />

expedited quality control.<br />

Using perfect film, for example, in Exhibit A (which<br />

has the same size and orientation of images with perfect<br />

spacing and blips from beginning to end) reveals that<br />

there is a 90%<br />

chance you can<br />

get accurate<br />

results from any<br />

scanner using<br />

edge detection<br />

and you will likely<br />

have some<br />

rescans before<br />

you can fully<br />

digitize a roll.<br />

If your<br />

film is like<br />

Exhibit B and<br />

similar to most<br />

collections in the<br />

world (different<br />

size, different<br />

spacing, skew, light, dark, etc.), there is 0% you can get<br />

accurate results from any scanner using edge detection,<br />

and you will likely have many rescans before you fully<br />

digitize a roll.<br />

All nextScan scanners, including FlexView, apply the<br />

ribbon scanning technique. The task of conversion is too<br />

important to rely on edge detection. Regardless if your<br />

film looks like A or B, the only way to guarantee 100%<br />

reliable and accurate captures every time is by using<br />

ribbon scanning technology, creating a full digital<br />

duplicate of each roll.<br />

We want you to have an easy and successful<br />

conversion. Get your conversion project started<br />

correctly by requesting a demo or have sample scans<br />

created with your film so you know what to expect. Do<br />

not forget to ask your vendor if their scanner supports<br />

21st Century ribbon scanning or still uses 20th Century<br />

edge detection.<br />

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The new FlexView, though small in size, is mighty<br />

when it comes to converting rolls of microfilm.<br />

With dimensions that allow for the scanner to be<br />

placed on a desktop, the FlexView delivers the<br />

high-quality images you have grown to expect<br />

from the nextScan family of scanners. It’s fast<br />

too! Able to scan at up to 300 FPM, the FlexView<br />

is the professional, portable microfilm conversion<br />

scanner you have been waiting for!<br />

Visit www.nextScan.com for more details and to download a brochure.<br />

Call 208-514-4000 or email sales@nextScan.com for more information.<br />

Capable of scanning: 16mm, 35mm and Blipped Film<br />

NextStar PLUS Software<br />

FlexView operates with NextStar PLUS Software<br />

providing optimum speed and functionality<br />

reducing overall conversion costs

A Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Y. Yang, Principal Consultant,<br />

KISMET Consulting, Inc.<br />

One of the frequent questions I get is, “how did all of this<br />

electronic records stuff get started?” I have been fortunate to<br />

have implemented or consulted through the “golden age” of<br />

managing electronic records. I’m usually somewhat conflicted<br />

in describing this sea change in the nuclear power industry –<br />

was it either an evolution...or a revolution? So, I’ll answer<br />

this question in a two-part series.<br />

Part 1: Moving to a Revolution?<br />

The Basis<br />

Of course, you need to go back to the regulatory<br />

foundation. As the civilian use of nuclear material and<br />

technology is controlled and regulated, the United States<br />

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires a<br />

quality assurance program. Such a program is necessary<br />

to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection<br />

of public health and safety and to protect the<br />

environment. The requirements for records<br />

management appear in 10 CFR 50, Appendix B,<br />

“Quality Assurance Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants<br />

and Fuel Reprocessing Plants,” under Criterion 17,<br />

“Quality Assurance Records.”<br />

The Response<br />

Through guidance from the NRC (Regulatory Guides<br />

1.28, 1.88), the nuclear power industry developed<br />

standards for implementation of a QA program: ASME<br />

Nuclear Quality Assurance, ASME NQA-1, “Quality<br />

Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility<br />

Applications” or the ANSI N45.2, “Quality Assurance<br />

Program Requirements for Nuclear Facilities.” With<br />

Appendix B, and these standards, the nuclear industry<br />

was compelled to develop and maintain a rigorous<br />

program for managing quality assurance records.<br />

The Result<br />

Paper, lots of paper. Overflowing. “Raiders of the Lost<br />

Ark” rows of file cabinet after file cabinet. Paper boxes<br />

piling up – and this was just in the vaults! Then there<br />

were the record copies in satellite locations, information<br />

needed (as part of a controlled documents program) by<br />

the various departments. And not just the 8 ½ x 11<br />

variety (A-size), but the other alphabet soup of paper<br />

sizes (B, C, D, E, F…).<br />

The Solution<br />

Solution 1: Better paper storage.<br />

Cubic stacking of boxes, mobile<br />

shelving, bigger file cabinets, the use<br />

of offsite storage. More file cabinets<br />

in the various departments.<br />

However, this approach was soon<br />

defeated by the continuing waves of<br />

paper.<br />

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Solution 2: Microfilm! The business use of microfilm<br />

didn’t really gain traction until World War II, as the<br />

military used it for espionage as well as for “normal”<br />

applications. Then, between the banking industry and<br />

the libraries, microfilm really took off and eventually<br />

found another home in the nuclear power industry.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>, in the early 80’s, was on the forefront in the<br />

implementation and use of various microfilm formats,<br />

documented through its technical guidelines (e.g., 35<br />

mm, 16 mm, aperture cards). Mainframe computers<br />

emerged to offer capturing of records indexing<br />

(metadata) information, and then providing online<br />

search and lookup. By the mid-80’s, a hybrid appeared<br />

called “computer automated retrieval”, where a search<br />

would be performed using a mainframe terminal, and<br />

then when the appropriate document was selected, it<br />

would communicate with a microfilm reader to scroll to<br />

the appropriate frame number. (Woohoo!)<br />

South Texas Project initiated this request to the NRC: if<br />

the technology exists to scan a record, store it in a way<br />

to protect its integrity, and then retrieve it via a<br />

computer screen, why not make the electronic version<br />

THE record? In 1988, the NRC issued Generic Letter<br />

88-18, “Plant Record Storage on Optical Disks,” which<br />

allowed quality assurance records to be stored in the<br />

electronic optical disk medium. Several electric utilities/<br />

plants soon jumped on this technology. If a plant could<br />

demonstrate that its implementation of electronic<br />

records was compliant to the eight quality controls listed<br />

in the generic letter, the NRC allowed this method for<br />

managing QA records.<br />

But is this where the story ends? Was optical disk the<br />

only way to go? What if a plant couldn’t cost-justify<br />

such a system, but wanted to move to electronic<br />

recordkeeping? Stay tuned, same NIM column, different<br />

Magazine issue!<br />

Eugene has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> for over 32 years. At<br />

the time he joined, <strong>NIRMA</strong> had only been in existence for 11<br />

years. He would love to hear about stories and anecdotes from<br />

others, so please email him at:<br />

eugene.yang@kismetconsulting.com.<br />

Solution 3: Electronic indexing AND storage of<br />

records. As new plants were being built and looking<br />

to go operational in the latter part of the 80’s, there<br />

arose an opportunity to challenge the notion of<br />

“keeping paper” or film as the official record medium.<br />

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By Leslie Robins, Asset Performance Consultant &<br />

Sandra DiMatteo, Director Asset Performance<br />

Leslie Robins<br />

he nuclear industry is asset-intensive, and with<br />

the inherent safety concerns of working in<br />

hazardous areas of plants it’s especially useful to<br />

be able to “see” what’s going on without gearing up and<br />

sending workers to physically inspect some assets unless<br />

it is necessary. In addition, most people are visual<br />

learners, absorbing and understanding information<br />

better when information is presented graphically rather<br />

than in text. Visualizing the plant enables an intuitive<br />

approach to asset and operational performance that data<br />

and documents alone can’t provide.<br />

A virtual view of your assets<br />

Immersive digital operations technology allows you to<br />

work within a 3D or reality model of your nuclear<br />

Sandra DiMatteo<br />

facility. Visually display the facility and click on an asset<br />

to display asset, structures, system, component data, the<br />

reliability program, plus associated documents, records,<br />

requirements, people, and processes linked to the asset.<br />

Immersive digital operations enables you to establish<br />

line of sight, so you can navigate through the facility,<br />

observing equipment and structures, and access the<br />

information you need for operations.<br />

For example, you can examine a component to<br />

determine whether it should be repaired or replaced<br />

during a refueling outage. By simply clicking on that<br />

asset in your model, current information related to it like<br />

design basis requirements, schematics, manuals, piping<br />

and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), and other<br />

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associated documents can be displayed. The model can<br />

also be queried to display underlying data including GIS<br />

geolocations, elevation, current asset condition and<br />

operating context, configuration state, maintenance<br />

history, and reliability data.<br />

Immersive digital operations adds value when planning<br />

brownfield modifications and decommissioning.<br />

Planned assets can be added to the system and evaluated<br />

to determine impact of change, compliance with design<br />

basis requirements, and clash detection. Complimentary<br />

operational analytics technology provides configurable<br />

dashboards and reports, presenting trend analysis and<br />

KPIs for operational decision support, which can be run<br />

to optimize equipment and operational specifications.<br />

Simultaneously,<br />

decommissioning is an integral<br />

part of the lifecycle. Assets,<br />

records, requirements and other<br />

information objects can be<br />

flagged for advance planning<br />

activities, and to outline the<br />

steps for dismantling and remediation.<br />

Start anywhere, anytime<br />

Benefits can be derived at any point in your facility’s<br />

lifecycle.<br />

Step 1: Model your facility or network<br />

If you don’t have current digital models, there are many<br />

solutions available to create them. 2D imagery, point<br />

clouds, and reality mesh can be aligned in a 3D georeferenced<br />

space to create 3D models. The same<br />

technology may be used to update existing models to<br />

ensure the current state is represented and for<br />

comparison to previous states.<br />

Step 2: Leverage your common data<br />

environment (CDE)<br />

It is critical that all relevant information be accessible<br />

across operational disciplines. This requires a common<br />

data environment that allows you to collect, manage,<br />

and share information. Interoperable solutions, rather<br />

than proprietary closed systems, are critical to gaining<br />

timely access to data from information technology (IT),<br />

operational technology (OT), and engineering systems<br />

(ET). Correct decisions can only be made when you<br />

have the right data, information, and insights.<br />

Make informed decisions that<br />

improve asset and operational<br />

performance, safety, security,<br />

and compliance.<br />

Step 3: Identify and validate the accuracy of<br />

relevant asset information<br />

Ideally, your asset information system captured design<br />

data, and was managed with configuration management<br />

best practices through project delivery and asset<br />

commissioning for operational readiness and continues<br />

to be the single source of truth for asset information in<br />

operations. If validation occurs during operations, use a<br />

system that can track asset changes and configuration<br />

for best return on investment.<br />

Step 4: Select the right immersive digital operations<br />

solution<br />

A robust digital operations solution will either<br />

incorporate or access an asset<br />

lifecycle information<br />

management solution (including<br />

change and configuration<br />

management), and capabilities<br />

for operational analytics and<br />

asset reliability, such as drilling<br />

down to failure modes to know<br />

why you are doing the work you are doing. Holistically,<br />

these capabilities will deliver a complete view of asset<br />

information and digital line of sight to help manage and<br />

improve asset and operational performance. Attract the<br />

next generation of engineering professionals using<br />

technology that accesses digital models visually and<br />

positions you to improve decision support, productivity,<br />

reliability, and efficiency.<br />

Step 5: Optimize operational processes<br />

Once your digital operations solution is deployed,<br />

leverage the visibility of asset condition (for example,<br />

flashing alarms on a 3D model or map that links to 3D<br />

model). Access underlying data including the<br />

maintenance history, geospatial coordinates, condition<br />

degradation trends, and forecasted end of life. Make<br />

informed decisions that improve asset and operational<br />

performance, safety, security, and compliance.<br />

Bentley’s AssetWise includes immersive digital operations capabilities<br />

that help you optimize asset performance and support an asset strategy of<br />

regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Built<br />

on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a common data<br />

environment, AssetWise facilitates the interoperation of multiple data<br />

sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering with accurate<br />

and reliable information, when it is needed, to make informed decisions,<br />

from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance.<br />

For additional information about AssetWise, visit:<br />

www.bentley.com/AssetWise<br />

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Six of the 23 1st Time Attendees at the New Attendee Orientation<br />

“The exhibits were a great<br />

opportunity for vendors to<br />

showcase their products and<br />

services and get to know more<br />

about how they help the<br />

nuclear industry become more<br />

lean and efficient.”<br />

Kyle Nase<br />

Software Engineering Supervisor<br />

Rolls-Royce plc<br />

“I appreciated all the information I received<br />

on basics like retention, organization,<br />

software but most importantly, advice from<br />

seasoned RMs who encouraged starting RM<br />

practices ASAP, as many plants are having<br />

issues with paper/records/files from more<br />

than a decade ago.”<br />

Celeste Mieles<br />

Operations Coordinator<br />

Kairos Power<br />

“The speakers covered a wide range<br />

of topics and it was nice that it<br />

wasn’t all specific to nuclear<br />

industry and included DOE, Canada,<br />

Japan, etc. It helps to see that the<br />

issues are present across the board<br />

and everyone is working on creative<br />

solutions .”<br />

Adrienne Hall<br />

Sr. Records Administrator<br />

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory<br />

“I found the networking<br />

sessions to be very<br />

valuable. I also<br />

benefitted from the<br />

demonstrations of new<br />

technology and software<br />

from some of the<br />

vendors.”<br />

Amanda Haug<br />

Document Control Analyst<br />

DTE Energy – Fermi 2<br />

1st Time Attendee Presenters: Rebecca Wessman and Eugene Yang<br />

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Modern Records Management Specialist<br />

Jesse Wilkins, AIIM<br />

Managing Electronic Records with Microsoft SharePoint®<br />

Bruce Miller, RIMtech<br />

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˄ <strong>NIRMA</strong> President, Michelle Smith welcoming attendees &<br />

providing opening remarks<br />

˄ Keynote Speaker Tim Powell, President & Chief<br />

Executive Officer, STP Nuclear presenting Building a<br />

Strong, Sustainable Future<br />

˂ Sadamaro Yamashita, Chairman, Nippon Records<br />

Management Co Ltd, with assistance by Shoko<br />

Arai, presented Current Situations of Nuclear<br />

Power & New Challenges to Records Management<br />

in Japan<br />

˄ Susan Zimmerman, Exelon Nuclear presenting Document<br />

Control & Configuration Management Fundamentals<br />

˄ Ellen Ryan, Technology Services Group presenting<br />

Compliance in the Cloud<br />

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˄ Ben Johansson, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, with<br />

Anita Beren, presenting Decommissioning Playbook for the<br />

Nuclear Industry<br />

˄ Hyeong Tae Kim, NSE Technology, Korea, presenting<br />

How to Reconstitute Design Bases Documents for CM<br />

Equilibrium<br />

˄ Christine Adcock, PMP, MPM of Technology Services<br />

Group discussing Series of RM Case Studies<br />

˄ Meg Milligan, Federal Employee, ENTP, discussing<br />

The Road to Automagic Categorization of Records<br />

˄ John Ellis Enterprise Architect of CBTS and Odis<br />

McFadden from South Texas Project IT, present<br />

Disaster Recovery Using Cloud Services<br />

For complete list of<br />

speakers, visit:<br />

www.nirma.org/annual-conference/<br />

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From the President<br />

Michelle M. Smith<br />

STP Supervisor of Electronic Records Management & Automation<br />

t this year’s Nuclear Information and<br />

Records Management Association<br />

(<strong>NIRMA</strong>) conference, the information<br />

presented was very impactful and<br />

beneficial. Our diverse and dynamic group of speakers<br />

and panelists provided in-depth insight on innovation<br />

and technology, as well as, actionable and practical tools<br />

to use in information and records management. This<br />

year’s keynote speakers were:<br />

Tim Powell, STP President and CEO, presented<br />

pertinent information on “Building a Strong<br />

Sustainable Future” in the nuclear industry.<br />

Lou Rofrano, Vice President of Sales, AMS Store<br />

and Shred, LLC, ended his presentation with two<br />

powerful words “If Only.” This can be applied to<br />

all aspects of our life.<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Mark Diamond, President for Contoural, Inc.,<br />

challenged the audience to think outside the box<br />

with records retention and information<br />

governance best practices.<br />

Mr. Sadamaro Yamashita, Chairman Nippon<br />

Records Management, provided the organization<br />

with “Current Situations of Nuclear Power &<br />

Challenges to Records” in Japan.<br />

Ralph Hill, Owner and Consultant for Hill<br />

Engineering Solutions, created a synergy between<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> and ASME.<br />

The most important aspect of this organization is you;<br />

our members. We had 23 new attendees this year, which<br />

is a significant improvement. We value every member<br />

and ask for your continued participation in this<br />

organization to ensure it remains viable.<br />

Our vendors and sponsors are additional sources to<br />

the success of this event. Their presence helped to make<br />

this event a great success and their enthusiasm and<br />

positive spirit helped make the time spent together both<br />

productive and fun. They are:<br />

• Exelon<br />

• Southern Nuclear<br />

• STP Nuclear Operating Company<br />

• Bentley Systems<br />

• Nippon Records Management Company (Japan)<br />

• ibridge<br />

• CBTS<br />

• Technology Service<br />

Group<br />

• AMS Store and Shred<br />

• Bentley Systems<br />

• BMI Imaging<br />

• E-ImageData<br />

• Feith Systems and Software<br />

• Scanning America<br />

• Savantx<br />

• ICRM<br />

• Iron Mountain<br />

• NSETEC<br />

• ST Imaging / Next Scan<br />

• Technology Services<br />

Group<br />

Looking forward to the 2019<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference, Waco<br />

Bankston, STP General Manager of<br />

Corporate Services and a yearly<br />

speaker at the Nuclear Digitalization<br />

Conference, will discuss strategies<br />

around Cyber Security and<br />

implementation at STP. He will also Waco Bankston<br />

share his knowledge on initiatives he<br />

has helped lead with the Nuclear Promise campaign.<br />

Waco provides oversight to Information Technology,<br />

Cyber Security, Human Resources, Electronic Records<br />

Management, and Automation, Document Control and<br />

Support Services.<br />

Now is an exciting time! In order to make next year’s<br />

conference even more successful, we request that you<br />

send us your <strong>2018</strong> post-<strong>NIRMA</strong> feedback to<br />

mmsmith@stpegs.com or visit the website<br />

nirma.nirma.org. We thank you in advance for your<br />

comments and we assure you that each suggestion will<br />

be given consideration so that future conferences will be<br />

even more successful.<br />

As <strong>NIRMA</strong> President, I am very proud to serve this<br />

organization and thankful to be traveling on the path to<br />

the top alongside you. Thank you for your continued<br />

dedication and support.<br />

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<strong>NIRMA</strong> 2019 CONFERENCE<br />

By Janice Hoerber, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice President<br />

he JW Marriott in Summerlin, Nevada served<br />

up a beautiful backdrop for the educational<br />

and networking opportunities of the August<br />

<strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference. Following two high caliber<br />

training course offerings on Saturday, we launched<br />

Sunday with a lineup of distinguished Keynote speakers<br />

who challenged our thinking and set the bar for the rest<br />

of the conference. The Technical Sessions covered<br />

relevant topics and provided great takeaways for<br />

attendees to bring back to their workplace. Great job to<br />

all the speakers and facilitators!<br />

A big THANK YOU goes out to<br />

our <strong>NIRMA</strong> Lifetime Members<br />

who continue to step up for the<br />

organization and provide support<br />

in many ways including this year's<br />

conference. Our special thanks go<br />

to Eugene Yang, Margie Janney, Rich Giska, and Frank<br />

Kocsis.<br />

Eugene Yang<br />

Margie Janney<br />

Rich Giska<br />

Frank Kocsis<br />

The <strong>2018</strong> conference feedback was positive and<br />

enables us to start planning for the 2019 event. The<br />

subtle changes we made to the format of the <strong>2018</strong><br />

conference were well-received and reduced cost to stay<br />

within budget. These included a Sunday keynote-only<br />

day (eliminating audio/visual costs for two breakout<br />

rooms Sunday) and Marriott chef menus endorsed for<br />

each day-of-the-week cost savings. The <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board<br />

will continue to look at "the way we've always done<br />

things" and strive for innovative changes that bring value<br />

at reduced cost. Sound familiar? It is a common theme<br />

being asked of all of us in the workplace.<br />

The message of "Delivering the Nuclear Promise" has<br />

driven many successful initiatives focused on process<br />

changes to reduce cost and complexity in the U.S.<br />

commercial nuclear power industry to remain a viable<br />

energy option. The message goes beyond the<br />

commercial nuclear power business. Margie Janney,<br />

CRM/NS/FED facilitated the Government<br />

Benchmarking session at the conference. She conveyed<br />

a comprehensive plan in motion for reforming the<br />

Federal Government. This includes eliminating funding<br />

for programs that are unnecessary, outdated, or not<br />

working.<br />

Now is OUR opportunity in the<br />

information & records management<br />

areas to innovate ourselves, our<br />

mindsets, and how we work. <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

2019 Conference can help – This<br />

should be in our wheelhouse. Are you<br />

up for the challenge? Game On!<br />

The 2019 Nuclear Information Management<br />

Conference can play in this space, bringing people<br />

together to benchmark and share real 2019 examples of<br />

innovating ourselves, our staff, and making real changes<br />

in the work we do. Mark your calendars to attend the<br />

2019 <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference next August, held at the JW<br />

Marriott in Summerlin, Nevada.<br />

We invite you to participate as a speaker for the 2019<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> conference! Consider your experience, your<br />

lessons-learned, or expertise to share with peers. Please<br />

submit a 100-150 word abstract to me at<br />

jhoerber@ameren.com.<br />

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n this edition, we will meet Sheila Pearcy. Sheila is the<br />

Central Characterization Program (CCP) Records Manager<br />

at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a U.S.<br />

Department of Energy (DOE) project providing safe,<br />

compliant, and efficient characterization, transportation, and<br />

disposal of defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste. She started<br />

as a records clerk for the WIPP site and worked her way up into<br />

the position she holds today. As the CCP Records Manager she<br />

is responsible for the operating and oversight of the CCP Records<br />

Center which holds all active characterization project records. She<br />

has over twenty-seven (27) years of records experience. Sheila is a<br />

Certified Records Analyst (CRA) from the Institute of Certified<br />

Records Managers (ICRM).<br />

Sheila has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> since 2007. She stepped<br />

into the role as Director of the<br />

Membership and Marketing Business<br />

Unit (M&MBU) five years ago and this<br />

year was elected to the Board of Directors.<br />

She has stepped into the Director of<br />

Infrastructure immediately since there was<br />

a vacancy on the Board due to a<br />

resignation<br />

Q: What impact has <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

had on your career?<br />

Sheila: When I came to <strong>NIRMA</strong> back<br />

in 2007, I was so glad I did. It has<br />

allowed me to professionally grow and<br />

participate in ways I might never have had<br />

the opportunity otherwise. I have learned<br />

so much from the amazing members of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> at each conference and<br />

throughout the year. If I had a question<br />

to resolve it was a great resource to reach<br />

out and help me get possible answers from<br />

the experience of fellow members. When I<br />

got the opportunity to be more involved<br />

with the <strong>NIRMA</strong> organization it<br />

allowed me to give back to <strong>NIRMA</strong> and to learn so much. Now<br />

being on the Board will bring so many more opportunities – I am<br />

so very excited.<br />

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?<br />

Sheila: I am a runner and love it. I have run at some level for<br />

over 42 years. I started running when my girls were babies and<br />

realized that this was my alone time and stress relief. Once my 4<br />

kids grew up and left home I decided to try to run a full<br />

marathon. I wasn’t sure I had that<br />

kind of endurance in me but to my<br />

surprise I completed my first marathon<br />

in 2010 and to date have run 7 full<br />

marathons. My dream was to run the<br />

New York City and Boston marathons.<br />

Three years ago I got the opportunity to<br />

run in the NY City Marathon. It was<br />

amazing! I qualified last December to<br />

run the Boston Marathon. There are so<br />

many runners who enter in the Boston<br />

that unfortunately I did not make the<br />

cut for this year – bummer for me. I will<br />

try to register again next year as my<br />

qualified status lasts for two years.<br />

Q: What do you enjoy doing<br />

in your free time?<br />

Sheila: I have taken up quilting. I<br />

really love making something that will be<br />

loved by ones who receive one of the<br />

quilts made for them, mostly my family<br />

members. I also spend anytime I can get<br />

away with my wonderful family. I have<br />

4 beautiful children; Nicole, Morgan, Tyler and Gage and 8<br />

amazing grandchildren that are my blessings in life. I love<br />

spending time with them as they are my joy. They live in<br />

California and Idaho so when I get time off – that is where I go.<br />

Sheila and her Grandson Brady after Sheila<br />

had just finished running the California<br />

International Marathon at Sacramento, CA<br />

to qualify for Boston.<br />

Sheila, husband Mark and 7 of their 8 grandchildren.<br />

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News from the<br />

Secretary<br />

Nuclear Information Records Management Association.<br />

What is Information Records<br />

Management?<br />

What it WAS<br />

isn’t what it IS, and won’t be<br />

what it WILL BE.<br />

campaigning for IT attendance today – don’t wait until<br />

next August to start. Likewise we anticipate having<br />

more solution vendors that are IT based such as one of<br />

our new vendors at the <strong>2018</strong> conference - CBTS. CBTS<br />

is one of the South Texas Project (STP) IT vendors that<br />

is making improvements in how STP approaches<br />

Disaster Recovery as a Service – Using Cloud<br />

Services to Protect your Business.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Business<br />

In our industry the walls between IT (information<br />

technology), RM (records management), and DC<br />

(document control) are blurred and ever evolving. We<br />

are dealing with implementations that support the<br />

Nuclear Promise. Its Digital, Electronic, Automation,<br />

Cloud based, Virtual, Cyber … and the list goes on.<br />

No telling what it will be in the future.<br />

To survive in our industry we must be up to date<br />

and relevant. We must be efficient and economic. We,<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>, as the standards and guideline authoring<br />

organization, is expected to be the authority on<br />

providing the standards and guidelines that ensure we<br />

are meeting our regulatory requirements.<br />

We need more membership from our IT<br />

departments. I am throwing out a challenge to all<br />

members – bring your IT folks. We are fully expecting<br />

to have more IT sessions in 2019. So go out and start<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Accomplishments:<br />

Revised AP06 and AD01<br />

AP13 revised and redlined to support the ANSI<br />

Audit<br />

Revamped the <strong>NIRMA</strong> website<br />

Board appointed Chris Boudreaux to the position<br />

of <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board Technical Advisor<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> launched Twitter account<br />

(@<strong>NIRMA</strong>org)<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> implemented Constant Contact as our<br />

method of communication<br />

TG05 and TG 16 approved<br />

August <strong>2018</strong> held our Annual Conference<br />

• 16 CMP Credits awarded<br />

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Regulatory Information<br />

Management Business Unit<br />

(RIMBU) News<br />

By Chris Boudreaux, RIMBU Business Unit Director<br />

he Regulatory Information Management<br />

Business Unit (RIMBU) team members met<br />

at the close of the annual <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Conference for the Summer Meeting on<br />

August 8-9, <strong>2018</strong>. RIMBU Meetings are a great<br />

opportunity for <strong>NIRMA</strong> Members to participate in the<br />

efforts of the team to discuss emerging topics for our<br />

industry and develop technical guidelines to establish<br />

best practices. In addition, this is a great opportunity to<br />

network with peers in the nuclear industry, to exchange<br />

ideas around technology and process, and perhaps find<br />

some new ideas that would work for your company.<br />

The main topics of discussion at this year’s Summer<br />

Meeting were: Electronic Signature, Automation of<br />

Processes, Cloud Migration and Storage, Storage of the<br />

“Future” Record, and Tech Innovation in Nuclear.<br />

New RIMBU Members<br />

We want to welcome our new RIMBU members to<br />

the team and thank them for volunteering to help the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Organization and the Nuclear Industry as a<br />

whole. This year we were pleased to have Otis<br />

McFadden, Lori Roddy, Lacey Green, Ronnie Trujillo,<br />

Amanda Haug, Kathy Padilla, and Phaedra Champagne.<br />

Welcome and thank you again for your support.<br />

Electronic Signature Position Paper<br />

The RIMBU team members have been hard at work<br />

finalizing the document referencing <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s position<br />

on Electronic Signature. The document will reflect on<br />

the flexibility of electronic signature methods<br />

recognizing that there are many factors that will<br />

determine the solution such as retention, process, or<br />

purpose. The team will continue efforts to finalize the<br />

document while also cross checking the product with<br />

Department of Energy and American Nuclear Insurers<br />

reference information. We expect the delivery of the<br />

position paper within the next couple of months.<br />

Automation of Processes<br />

The RIMBU members had an open discussion<br />

during the Summer Meeting on Delivering the Nuclear<br />

Promise focus around automation solutions which was<br />

an exciting discussion to be part of. Many topics were<br />

covered such as: workflow of procedures, daily<br />

operational focus, site work management systems, and<br />

electronic work packages. The members captured a<br />

great amount of detail on the subjects and lined up<br />

some contacts to further benchmark these efforts in the<br />

near future in hopes to bring new automation ideas to<br />

all stations.<br />

RIMBU Spring Meeting Location Selected<br />

Palo Verde and Arizona Public Service have<br />

volunteered to host the RIMBU Spring Meeting for this<br />

coming year. This will be a two-day meeting taking<br />

place in March 2019 with the exact dates to be<br />

announced along with travel details in the near future.<br />

During the Spring Meeting, we will continue our efforts<br />

in providing industry guidance via Technical Guidelines,<br />

White Papers, and Position Papers.<br />

We will also demo some new technology with<br />

the help of Bentley Systems and Microsoft and<br />

how that technology can enhance our<br />

Electronic Work Packages.<br />

Please make plans now to join us in March as we will<br />

continue adding more exciting items to the Spring<br />

agenda.<br />

Interested in Joining RIMBU?<br />

For additional information on joining RIMBU or<br />

the RM/IT benefits for <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

participation, please contact me at 361-972-4058 or<br />

cmboudreaux@stpegs.com.<br />

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Professional Development<br />

Business Unit News<br />

By Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director<br />

he 42 nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference has concluded,<br />

and as always, was an information-packed event.<br />

On Saturday, Jesse Wilkins of AIIM presented the<br />

Records Management Masters course while Bruce<br />

Miller of RIMtech led a session on Managing Records in<br />

Microsoft SharePoint. The pre-conference workshops are a<br />

standard offering at the <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference and new ones<br />

will be offered in 2019.<br />

Mitch Farbstein of Feith took advantage of Monday to<br />

create a track for attendees consisting of two Shop Talk<br />

forums for attendees to share concerns and achievements<br />

about specific records management topics in a small group<br />

setting.<br />

In a dedicated track on Tuesday, Margie Janney, Bruce<br />

Walters and Rae Lynn Haliday presented the Institute of<br />

Certified Records Managers (ICRM) workshop. This<br />

workshop covered exam prep for the Certified Records<br />

Analyst (CRA) and Certified Records Manager (CRM) as well<br />

as the special designations of Federal Specialist and Nuclear<br />

Specialist (NS).<br />

Both CRMs and CRAs are<br />

eligible to earn the special<br />

designation of NS, but the Federal<br />

Specialist is only available to CRMs. I encourage you to<br />

consider first attaining a professional certification, then sit for<br />

one of more of the special designations. This year Andrew<br />

McGavin and his PCC team revised the NS Study Guide and<br />

also completed work to provide electronic access to the Part<br />

7 NS exam through the Pearson-Vue test centers.<br />

For those who signed up to participate in one of <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s<br />

Business Units (BU), thank you. As I said at the conference, I<br />

encourage each member to consider their professional goals<br />

and offerings and then evaluate whether volunteering for a<br />

BU based on your goals and interests. <strong>NIRMA</strong> runs on the<br />

work of its volunteers and all assistance is welcome.<br />

Information about next year’s conference training and<br />

development offerings will be available after the first of the<br />

year. Thank you to all who attended the conference and I<br />

look forward to seeing you and others at the 2019<br />

conference!<br />

Anita S. Beren<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Treasurer<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> President, Michelle Smith with<br />

international delegates.<br />

L-R: Hyeong Tae Kim (NSE Technology, Korea), Michelle<br />

Smith, Sadamaro Yamashita (Chairman, Japan’s Nippon<br />

Records Management Co Ltd.), and Shoko Arai (Japan’s<br />

Nippon Records Management Co Ltd.).<br />

Financial Holdings as of:<br />

10/11/<strong>2018</strong><br />

Checking Account $ 22,119.35<br />

Investment Account $ 134,804.87<br />

TOTAL $ 156,924.22<br />

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Business Unit News<br />

By Bruce Walters, M&MBU Director<br />

The 2019 Board of Director election<br />

results were communicated at the 2019<br />

Annual Business Meeting on Day 3 of the<br />

Conference.<br />

2019 <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board of Directors:<br />

discussion with his colleagues. If we<br />

can identify more Records,<br />

Document Control, and IT people to whom we can<br />

market <strong>NIRMA</strong>, we can increase our visibility which can<br />

translate into increased conference attendance.<br />

Something each of us can do is submit names of<br />

colleagues in our own facilities or offices in key roles to<br />

whom <strong>NIRMA</strong> would offer value (email me at<br />

bruce.walters@aecom.com.) We may know the<br />

Document Control Manager, but not the IT or Records<br />

Manager. Consider helping us in this way.<br />

L-R: Lona Smith, Janice Hoerber, Sheila Pearcy, Anita Beren,<br />

Rebecca Wessman, and Michelle Smith<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

President: Michelle Smith<br />

Vice President: Janice Hoerber<br />

Treasurer: Anita Beren<br />

Secretary: Lona Smith<br />

Director of Technical Programs: Rebecca Wessman<br />

Director of Infrastructure: Sheila Pearcy, CRA<br />

2019 Business Unit Directors:<br />

Membership & Marketing Business Unit (M&MBU)<br />

Director: Bruce Walters, CRM/NS<br />

Co-Director: Stephen Hurst<br />

Professional Development Business Unit (PDBU)<br />

Director: Tammy Cutts<br />

Co-Directors: TBD<br />

Regulations and Information Management Business<br />

Unit (RIMBU)<br />

Director: Chris Boudreaux<br />

Co-Director: Ben Johannsen<br />

As usual, we are already in the planning phase for the<br />

Conference next year. The M&MBU sent some talking<br />

points to the Chief Nuclear Officer, Tim Powell, of STP<br />

that he agreed to share with his fellow CNO’s at a<br />

meeting in August, discussing the value of <strong>NIRMA</strong>,<br />

asking to identify key records and IT individuals at each<br />

site, and to budget for their attendance at <strong>NIRMA</strong> 2019.<br />

We are hopeful for big results as a result of Mr. Powell’s<br />

Something that helps your management understand<br />

how the Conference benefitted you and your<br />

organization is to report back about how much you got<br />

out of the <strong>2018</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference and that you want<br />

to continue to come. Show them their Return on<br />

Investment with you! We hope to see all of you, and<br />

others, next year.<br />

For those of you who did not fill out the Business<br />

Unit app at the Conference, know that you are welcome<br />

to join the M&MBU for the upcoming planning year. I<br />

will be sending out call-in instructions for our monthly<br />

conference calls to be held the 1 st Wednesday of each<br />

month, and will gladly add you to the list. We are<br />

excited for all the ideas and opportunities to help make<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> grow and be more dynamic through this year<br />

and at next years 43 rd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s newest and most seasoned members<br />

connected at the 42nd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference.<br />

Celeste with 8 months in the nuclear industry and<br />

Frank with 51 years.<br />

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Southeast Nuclear<br />

Plants Respond to<br />

Hurricane Florence<br />


Hurricane Florence is the latest<br />

significant weather event to test<br />

America’s nuclear energy facilities. In<br />

total from Georgia to Virginia, 20<br />

nuclear reactors at 11 sites took action<br />

in preparation for Florence, with 17<br />

continuing to run at 100 percent power<br />

through the storm. Two nuclear reactors<br />

at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in<br />

North Carolina powered down in<br />

advance of Florence per safety procedures<br />

outlined by the Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission. Unrelated to prevailing<br />

weather conditions, another reactor at<br />

McGuire Nuclear Station in North<br />

Carolina went offline prior to the storm<br />

for scheduled refueling.<br />

History has shown that U.S. nuclear<br />

plants can maintain safety and<br />

withstand major storms – most recently<br />

seen as the South Texas Project kept<br />

running at 100 percent power through<br />

Hurricane Harvey. The following is a<br />

statement regarding the nuclear<br />

industry’s response to Hurricane<br />

Florence from Maria Korsnick, the<br />

Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and<br />

chief executive officer:<br />

Carolinas and Virginia. In the<br />

aftermath of the hurricane, nuclear<br />

plants across the southeast stood<br />

able and ready to quickly power<br />

hospitals and other services critical<br />

for emergency personnel and first<br />

responders.<br />

“As these communities begin to<br />

recover, the nuclear fleet is ready to<br />

provide electricity to homes and<br />

Ameren drones are now branded<br />

with a company logo, just like their<br />

trucks and other resources, to let<br />

customers know when the utility is<br />

working in their community. With<br />

more than 800,000 poles in Ameren<br />

Missouri's service territory, the<br />

company uses drone technology to<br />

inspect lines and other structures to<br />

maintain their energy infrastructure.<br />

businesses and bring a sense of<br />

normalcy back to the lives of<br />

residents. This further demonstrates<br />

nuclear energy’s value to the grid<br />

and proven resilience during<br />

extraordinary weather<br />

phenomena.”<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Read<br />

full article here.<br />

Ameren Uses Drones to<br />

Inspect Lines and Other Structures<br />

The company says that using drones<br />

instead of traditional ground<br />

methods is cost-effective, it reduces<br />

the risk of injury to co-workers,<br />

helps crews reach remote locations,<br />

and provides a superior view of the<br />

equipment – thereby improving the<br />

overall reliability of the service<br />

provided to their customers.<br />

“America’s nuclear power facilities<br />

continue to prove their structural<br />

strength, safety and ability to<br />

withstand extreme weather events.<br />

These robust facilities once again<br />

stood up to the test as Hurricane<br />

Florence brought record rainfall<br />

and catastrophic winds to the<br />

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Bipartisan Nuclear<br />

Energy Legislation<br />

Passes Out of<br />

House<br />

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S.<br />

House of Representatives passed the<br />

Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy<br />

(NUKE) Act (HR 1320), introduced by<br />

Reps. Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Doyle (D-<br />

Pa.). The following statement can be<br />

attributed to Beverly Marshall, vice<br />

president of governmental affairs at the<br />

Nuclear Energy Institute:<br />

“The bipartisan NUKE Act sets in<br />

motion well-justified and timely<br />

steps to reform some of the U.S.<br />

Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s<br />

outdated and inefficient regulations,<br />

including the archaic funding<br />

structure developed nearly 30 years<br />

ago. Establishing a more<br />

transparent fee process and<br />

initiating common-sense reform will<br />

lift the burden of unnecessary<br />

regulations by the NRC.<br />

Furthermore, it ensures electricity<br />

customers are not bearing the backend<br />

financial burdens of this costly<br />

overregulation.<br />

“We want to thank Representatives<br />

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Mike<br />

Doyle (D-PA) for their leadership<br />

on this bill. We look forward to<br />

working with the Senate on seeking<br />

a pathway to advancing this<br />

legislation.”<br />

NRC ruling boosts SMR build prospects<br />

at disused coal plants<br />

A new favorable ruling on Tennessee<br />

Valley Authority's safety methodology<br />

for re-sizing emergency zones could open<br />

up SMR build opportunities on retired<br />

coal sites and closer to population centers,<br />

Dan Stout, Senior manager, SMR<br />

technology at TVA, told Nuclear<br />

Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r.<br />

Last month, Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission (NRC) staff<br />

concluded that safety<br />

methodology submitted by<br />

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)<br />

could be used to determine the<br />

size of emergency planning zones<br />

(EPZs) required for Small<br />

Modular Reactors (SMRs).<br />

SMR developers believe enhanced<br />

safety features of their designs<br />

warrant smaller EPZ<br />

requirements. TVA included the<br />

EPZ methodology in exemption<br />

requests for its Early Site Permit<br />

(ESP) application for new SMR<br />

capacity based on light water reactor<br />

(LWR) technology at its Clinch River<br />

site.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

Nominating<br />

committee<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s nominating committee<br />

for 2019 is Kathy Padilla and<br />

Lacey Green. Please contact<br />

Kathy or Lacey if you are<br />

interested in running for a Board<br />

position or if you would like to<br />

identify someone that they could<br />

approach regarding running.<br />

Kathy Padilla<br />

KDPadill@SouthernCo.com<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).<br />

Read full article here.<br />

SMR developers see disused coal plants and<br />

industrial sites as key siting opportunities.<br />

(Image credit: David Lachapelle)<br />

Lacey Green<br />

llgreen@stpegs.com<br />

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