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

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

magazine<br />

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

Confident Digital Conversion—Microfiche,<br />

ST Imaging / nextScan<br />

Bridging the Gap: Effective Information<br />

Management & Information Technology Processes<br />

at NRC<br />

Chronicles of NIM: A Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power, Kismet Consulting<br />

Issue # 04, <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2019</strong>


Cover Photo: Entergy's Waterford 3 in Killona, La.<br />

Reprinted with permission from Entergy Corporation.<br />

Contents<br />

Feature Articles<br />

5<br />

8<br />

10<br />

Confident Digital Conversion—Microfiche<br />

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

Bridging the Gap: Effective Information<br />

Management & Information Technology Processes<br />

at NRC<br />

By Marna B. Dove, Electronic Records Manager, NRC<br />

Chronicles of NIM: A Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Yang, Kismet Consulting<br />

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CONFIDENT DIGITAL<br />

CONVERSION — MICROFICHE<br />

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

W<br />

hile fiche is a great medium<br />

for long term storage of<br />

documents and files,<br />

retrieving the contained<br />

information can be challenging.<br />

Beyond the difficult nature of the<br />

medium, the three biggest challenges<br />

microfiche presents include the<br />

condition of the microfiche, how the<br />

documents were filmed onto the<br />

microfiche, and how the files should<br />

be sorted. In addition, conversion<br />

should provide assurance that all the<br />

information was captured. Get the<br />

best results by ensuring your<br />

microfiche conversion scanner uses<br />

equipment capable of handling the<br />

rigors of microfiche scanning.<br />

Since microfiche is a flat sheet, it<br />

is very stackable and made for simple<br />

storage. In perfect condition, a stack<br />

of microfiche should be able to be<br />

loaded and scanned automatically.<br />

However, multiple microfiche are<br />

often kept together with a rubber<br />

band. Over months, years, and<br />

possibly decades, the tightness of the<br />

rubber band can begin to warp the<br />

microfiche. Now, instead of flat<br />

pieces of microfiche, you have<br />

microfiche that may curve from the<br />

middle to the edges. This may require<br />

individual attention and is not ideal<br />

for a quick conversion project.<br />

Imperfections with fiche must be<br />

addressed before being able to<br />

properly convert the microfiche to a<br />

digital format. To keep microfiche<br />

stationary, it is placed between two<br />

pieces of glass. One effective<br />

solution to bent microfiche is to use<br />

a heavier piece of glass to hold the<br />

microfiche in place. This will also<br />

ensure the media is flat as it is being<br />

scanned. When converting, make<br />

sure your scanner is equipped for the<br />

condition of your microfiche.<br />

Microfiche created today uses a<br />

machine called an archive writer.<br />

This machine essentially takes a<br />

picture of an open<br />

digital file and records<br />

it onto the film. The<br />

microfiche is then<br />

processed using<br />

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the visible image on<br />

the film. With so<br />

many variables, if one<br />

is not performed<br />

properly there is a good chance of<br />

poorly produced images. Special high<br />

-definition scanners will be required<br />

to try and recover any<br />

indistinguishable information.<br />

Another issue a microfiche user<br />

may experience is if the files were not<br />

filmed straight, or the images are<br />

skewed on the microfiche. This<br />

happens when the microfilmer does<br />

not line up the documents correctly.<br />

Continued on next page.<br />

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The simplest solution is to use<br />

available software technology to<br />

deskew the document, which should<br />

be a feature of any conversion<br />

software package.<br />

One aspect often overlooked in<br />

the conversion of microfiche is<br />

refiling the documents to their<br />

original position. Many times, these<br />

files are in sequential order or filed<br />

by date. This can require a manual<br />

process, but an autoloader will<br />

increase the output and workflow<br />

efficiency. Specially designed to hold<br />

and feed hundreds of microfiche, an<br />

autoloader will automatically move<br />

the fiche into the scanning area, scan<br />

the entire document, and move the<br />

microfiche to a holding tray. Not<br />

only does this preserve the stack<br />

order, it also frees up the operator<br />

for other tasks.<br />

Finally, the best way to achieve a<br />

100% capture rate is with a line<br />

scanner. Cameras and imaging<br />

systems utilize different techniques<br />

and components for capturing<br />

images. Two common methods for<br />

capture are line scan and area scan.<br />

Line scanning technology is best<br />

Your archives hold some of the<br />

most important documents in<br />

your plant. Many may have been<br />

there for decades. Make sure to<br />

use a system designed to meet the<br />

challenges of scanning microfiche.<br />

applied to large, high-resolution<br />

and/or high-speed capture, such as<br />

high-speed microfiche conversion.<br />

This technology allows for<br />

movement of the media during the<br />

continuous capture process. In<br />

contrast, the area scan method relies<br />

on the software to determine each<br />

frame, move to position, stop to<br />

capture, and then find the next<br />

frame. Not only is that a longer<br />

process, but it may fail to capture all<br />

information of the microfiche.<br />

Your archives hold some of the<br />

most important documents in your<br />

plant. Many may have been there for<br />

decades. Make sure to use a system<br />

designed to meet the challenges of<br />

scanning microfiche. Whether the<br />

media is flat, curved, skewed,<br />

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From the President<br />

Michelle M. Smith<br />

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

As <strong>NIRMA</strong> president, I want to share how we can work together to make positive changes and<br />

build lasting relationships for our Industry. <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s <strong>2019</strong> Strategic Plan is listed below. The<br />

challenge for each of us is to do our part to help achieve success by having <strong>NIRMA</strong> continue to<br />

remain the nuclear industry’s leader in information management.<br />

<strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Strategic Plan<br />

N<br />

IRMA is a Not-For-Profit<br />

Corporation governed by a<br />

Board of Directors, and<br />

has members from the<br />

United States and International<br />

communities. Three Business Units<br />

constitute the tactical organization<br />

where committee work takes place<br />

Vision<br />

To be the internationally recognized<br />

authority for information and<br />

records management professionals in<br />

regulated nuclear industries or<br />

agencies and their regulators.<br />

on topics mentioned below, as well<br />

as organization business.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> is the nuclear industry’s<br />

leader in information management.<br />

Since 1976 <strong>NIRMA</strong> has been<br />

uniquely qualified to provide<br />

guidance to commercial and<br />

Mission<br />

To support regulated nuclear and<br />

selected industries, agencies, and/or<br />

their regulators in the development,<br />

implementation and administration<br />

of documents, records, and<br />

information management processes<br />

to facilitate cost-effective operation<br />

and regulatory compliance.<br />

Department of Energy (DOE)<br />

facilities in the areas of quality<br />

records’ programs, regulatory<br />

compliance activities, electronic<br />

records initiatives, document<br />

management technologies and<br />

knowledge management issues.<br />

Core Values<br />

To promote professionalism,<br />

continuing education, accountability,<br />

teamwork, integrity, respect, and<br />

excellence in all endeavors.<br />

Goals<br />

1. Further, develop relationships<br />

with Department of Energy<br />

(DOE), Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission (NRC), and<br />

industry organizations.<br />

2. Develop and maintain<br />

information management<br />

standards at an excellent level.<br />

3. Provide cutting-edge technology<br />

assessment and education to our<br />

stakeholders.<br />

4. Provide education and training<br />

on information and records<br />

management and the latest<br />

technologies such as electronic<br />

document management systems,<br />

electronic records management<br />

systems, and knowledge<br />

management applications.<br />

5. Increase Membership and<br />

Conference Attendance.<br />

We can all work together to<br />

achieve <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s goals!<br />

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BRIDGING THE GAP:<br />

EFFECTIVE INFORMATION<br />

MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION<br />

TECHNOLOGY PROCESSES AT NRC<br />

By Marna B. Dove<br />

Electronic Records Manager, NRC<br />

O<br />

ften the connection<br />

between successfully<br />

supporting Records<br />

Management (RM)<br />

requirements in an Information<br />

Technology (IT) environment is a<br />

struggle and affects an organization’s<br />

ability to implement effective overall<br />

Information Management (IM)<br />

strategies. Even with the maturity of<br />

technology today, the ability to<br />

support RM requirements continues<br />

to be challenging. If IM and IT staff<br />

in an organization understand the<br />

differences in terminology,<br />

governance expectations, mandates,<br />

laws, and strategic initiatives, then<br />

collaboration becomes increasingly<br />

cohesive and holistic allowing for<br />

successful transformations. At the<br />

NRC, IM and IT staff are executing<br />

Electronic Records Management<br />

(ERM) initiatives together as much<br />

as possible to bridge the<br />

gap and proactively incorporate<br />

RM requirements upfront and<br />

throughout IT system development<br />

and implementation.<br />

Ongoing ERM at NRC<br />

The NRC continues to support<br />

efforts to change outdated IM<br />

processes by introducing ERM<br />

strategies alongside standard IT<br />

practices. ERM provides a<br />

foundation for business logic that<br />

supports capture, control,<br />

maintenance, and disposition of<br />

electronic records. This includes the<br />

The NRC is striving to keep pace<br />

with innovative records management<br />

approaches by evaluating new<br />

capture and workflow technologies<br />

that support the full lifecycle of<br />

agency information regardless of<br />

where the electronic information<br />

resides.<br />

ability to declare electronic files as<br />

records and associate them with file<br />

codes and corresponding disposition<br />

authorities in a manner that<br />

guarantees conformance with<br />

Federal recordkeeping statutes and<br />

regulations.<br />

As part of agency ERM<br />

initiatives, systems that create or<br />

maintain data must have rules built<br />

in to ensure the information lifecycle<br />

has electronic records management<br />

capabilities or documented<br />

mitigation strategies. At the NRC,<br />

facilitating the transition to more<br />

comprehensive ERM processes is<br />

being accomplished incrementally<br />

where RM requirements are<br />

incorporated via manual or<br />

automated processes during all<br />

system lifecycle phases, and in<br />

conjunction with Project<br />

Management activities and Capital<br />

Planning and Investment Control<br />

(CPIC) activities. In addition, RM<br />

staff are evaluating new and legacy<br />

systems to ensure that the National<br />

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Archives and Records<br />

Administration’s (NARA) Universal<br />

ERM Requirements for transferring<br />

data to NARA are supported.<br />

RM – Managing records<br />

“in place”<br />

As a result of the collaboration<br />

efforts between IM and IT<br />

professionals, the NRC is moving<br />

toward coordinating RM<br />

requirements for records and<br />

information assets where they reside,<br />

such as on SharePoint, rather than<br />

enforcing that authoritative records<br />

must be placed in the Agencywide<br />

Documents Access and<br />

Management System (ADAMS), the<br />

agency’s records repository. This is<br />

consistent with Industry which is<br />

moving away from standalone<br />

systems to accomplish electronic<br />

record storage and recordkeeping in<br />

favor of applications that support<br />

electronic document and content<br />

management for capture, storage,<br />

search, access, and integrated<br />

workflows. The NRC is striving to<br />

keep pace with innovative records<br />

management approaches by<br />

evaluating new capture and<br />

workflow technologies that support<br />

the full lifecycle of agency<br />

information regardless of where the<br />

electronic information resides.<br />

Agency Risks are<br />

Minimized by Bridging the<br />

Gap<br />

As the NRC comes closer to<br />

achieving full compliance with ERM<br />

standards, risks to the agency are<br />

minimized, IM is less burdensome<br />

on staff, and ease-of-access to<br />

regulatory information is enhanced.<br />

Incorporating strategic ERM<br />

standards permits the NRC to<br />

continue to develop well-defined<br />

RM requirements and a better<br />

understanding of what agency<br />

records are, where they originate<br />

from, and where they reside. Using<br />

IM practices in conjunction with IT<br />

processes supports information<br />

access in a timely manner for all<br />

NRC stakeholders while also<br />

supporting Freedom of Information<br />

Act (FOIA) requests, eDiscovery,<br />

and Congressional requests and<br />

inquiries, all of which reduce risk to<br />

the agency.<br />

NRC’s coordinated effort to bridge<br />

the gap between IT and IM<br />

demonstrates the agency’s continued<br />

commitment to achieve automated<br />

solutions for information<br />

management that ensure the<br />

integrity of NRC information<br />

collections.<br />

The ability to apply<br />

mandated records retentions and<br />

disposition requirements to all<br />

agency systems is integral to the<br />

success of IT projects and requires<br />

IM expertise and input. Risk of<br />

unauthorized access, use, alteration,<br />

alienation, or deletion of any NRC<br />

information is mitigated by<br />

implementing IM and IT practices<br />

together. Achieving compliance<br />

with Federal recordkeeping<br />

requirements including NARA’s<br />

Universal ERM Requirements as<br />

part of IT processes reduces the<br />

risks associated with maintaining a<br />

significant volume of obsolete<br />

electronic data that will continue to<br />

grow and become unmanageable.<br />

Since a large percentage of NRC’s<br />

regulatory information is permanent<br />

and historically significant, IM<br />

professionals work in tandem with<br />

IT professionals on all projects to<br />

manage the agency’s information<br />

assets. NRC’s coordinated effort to<br />

bridge the gap between IT and IM<br />

demonstrates the agency’s continued<br />

commitment to achieve automated<br />

solutions for information<br />

management that ensure the<br />

integrity of NRC information<br />

collections.<br />

Marna has been with the federal<br />

government for over 25 years and with<br />

NRC for 14 years. As a Senior<br />

Program Analyst and Electronic<br />

Records Manager, she enjoys working<br />

with information technology teams and<br />

representing IM for the agency. She<br />

welcomes new knowledge and best<br />

practices as the rapid pace of<br />

technology continues to challenge<br />

organizations. Feel free to contact her<br />

at Marna.Dove@nrc.gov to share new<br />

insights!<br />

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

KISMET Consulting, Inc.<br />

O<br />

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

of this electronic records stuff get started?” I<br />

have been fortunate to have implemented or<br />

consulted through the “golden age” of managing<br />

electronic records. This issue’s column is the second part<br />

of a two-part series that was introduced in the Fall<br />

2018 Magazine. In the last issue, I laid out the<br />

regulatory basis for recordkeeping, how the industry<br />

responded to the requirements, and a revolutionary<br />

approach was taken to establish an electronic medium as<br />

the official record medium for quality assurance records.<br />

In this column, I’ll discuss the continued evolution in<br />

managing electronic records.<br />

as to move beyond optical disk usage, <strong>NIRMA</strong>, under<br />

the leadership of Bruce Evans, then chair of the<br />

Regulations Committee, began the development of a<br />

series of technical guidelines (TGs). Based on “the<br />

rubber meets the road” work Bruce was doing with<br />

Commonwealth Edison (now Exelon Corporation), four<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> TGs were developed:<br />

Part 2: Revolutionary Evolution?<br />

Industry Engagement<br />

In 1989, the Electric Power Research Institute<br />

(EPRI) convened a working group, known as Nuclear<br />

Construction Issues Group 10 (NCIG-10) to discuss the<br />

ramifications of Generic Letter 88-18, “Plant Record<br />

Storage on Optical Disks.” The result was the<br />

publication of EPRI-NP-6295, “Guidelines for Quality<br />

Records in Electronic Media for Nuclear Facilities.”<br />

This document provided guidance for the creation,<br />

storage, retrieval, control, and approval of quality<br />

records in electronic media for nuclear facilities. The<br />

idea was to provide a consistent approach to the<br />

management of electronic records.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Steps Up<br />

Building on this work, but at a deeper level by<br />

bringing a programmatic sense to the situation, as well<br />

The TGs were developed over a three-to-four-year<br />

period, culminating in 1998, when all four TGs were<br />

published to the <strong>NIRMA</strong> membership.<br />

Subsequently, Bruce, along with <strong>NIRMA</strong> members<br />

from the nuclear power utilities, lobbied the NRC<br />

tirelessly to ask how they may be utilized for the<br />

industry. In mid-1999, Bruce received word that the<br />

TGs were reviewed within the agency and that a<br />

Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) would be published.<br />

Hence, on October 23, 2000, the NRC issued RIS 00-<br />

18, “Guidance on Managing Quality Assurance Records<br />

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in Electronic Media.” RIS 00-18 is cited in standard<br />

review plans by the NRC when evaluating licensing<br />

applications, as well as in quality assurance topical<br />

reports by companies. Additionally, RIS 00-18 and the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> TGs have been cited in international guidance<br />

most by the International Atomic Energy Agency<br />

(IAEA).<br />

The Evolution Continues<br />

But, as with all guidance, the 1998 TGs became<br />

dated, based on mid-1990’s vintage technologies.<br />

Because of the document review cycles of <strong>NIRMA</strong>, the<br />

four TGS were updated several times. However, a<br />

concerted effort was taken in late 2010 and early 2011,<br />

recognizing advances in technology, methods, and<br />

philosophy, to update and synchronize all four TGs.<br />

Where the 1998 versions established the “why and the<br />

what”, the 2011 versions, while maintaining those<br />

perspectives, provided more of the “how”.<br />

The struggle after that was how to get the 2011<br />

versions into the industry’s quality assurance compliance<br />

envelope, since nuclear plants were reticent on using<br />

anything outside of what the NRC endorsed (which<br />

were the 1998 versions). Direct discussions held with<br />

the NRC went for naught to either develop a new<br />

communication (e.g., another RIS), or modify the<br />

current RIS to open the endorsement to include both<br />

the 1998 and 2011 versions.<br />

However, Duke Energy, due to a significant<br />

enterprise electronic work management system upgrade<br />

that also included a major upgrade to their electronic<br />

content management platform, submitted a request to<br />

the NRC to change their quality assurance topical report<br />

to use the 2011 versions as the compliance basis. On<br />

May 26, 2015, the NRC provided a response that stated,<br />

according to staff review, the requested change will<br />

continue to satisfy the requirements of 10 CFR 50<br />

Appendix B and is therefore acceptable; a safety<br />

evaluation report (SER) by the NRC was attached to the<br />

letter.<br />

[Note: PP06, “Position Paper on Alternative<br />

Approaches in the Implementation of the Nuclear<br />

Regulatory Commission Regulatory Issue Summary<br />

(RIS) 00-18” provides further detail on this latter point.]<br />

So, as I’ve come to see it, it’s really been a<br />

combination of revolution AND evolution. The<br />

revolution was the use of information technologies<br />

enabling the management of records in electronic<br />

format, with seminal work by key utilities that led to GL<br />

88-18. The evolution is the process, information,<br />

technology, and organizational changes through RIS 00-<br />

18 and the Duke SER that have occurred over the past<br />

30 years or so from where paper was dominant to today,<br />

where a record is created, stored, and maintained all<br />

electronically and “never sees the light of day.”<br />

On May 26, 2015, the NRC<br />

provided a response<br />

that stated,<br />

the requested change will<br />

continue to satisfy the<br />

requirements of<br />

10 CFR 50 Appendix B<br />

and is therefore<br />

acceptable.<br />

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

years. At the time he joined, <strong>NIRMA</strong> had only been in<br />

existence for 11 years. He would love to hear about<br />

stories and anecdotes from others, so please email him at<br />

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

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Announcing the <strong>2019</strong> Nuclear<br />

Information Management<br />

Conference<br />

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

e are looking forward to a<br />

W<br />

terrific lineup of speakers<br />

and topics for the August<br />

<strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference!<br />

The Call for Papers is posted to<br />

interest speakers and solution<br />

providers on a variety of relevant<br />

topics for the nuclear industry.<br />

Submit your 100-150 word abstract<br />

of a presentation to Janice Hoerber,<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice President at<br />

jhoerber@ameren.com by March 15,<br />

<strong>2019</strong>.<br />

This year's <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conference<br />

theme will focus on<br />

technology<br />

demonstrations and<br />

sharing of<br />

process efficiencies.<br />

This information can be brought<br />

back to your workplace for<br />

immediate impact. These are the<br />

means toward continuous<br />

improvement and helping drive your<br />

company's costs down. The <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conference offers a forum for<br />

excellent networking. Bring a<br />

colleague, particularly someone from<br />

Information Technology,<br />

Engineering and Records<br />

Management to benefit your<br />

company. The conference schedule<br />

will be packed with learning<br />

opportunities as well as knowledge<br />

sharing among peers and the<br />

regulators. The Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission (NRC) will be present<br />

to status current topics with us.<br />

We anticipate having exciting<br />

vendor exhibits and industry updates<br />

on Mobility initiatives and Electronic<br />

Work Packages generating QA<br />

Tentative events:<br />

Records with electronic signatures<br />

(paperless). Other newer topics of<br />

interest will include records capture<br />

for Digital Plant Systems, Training &<br />

Learning records from video, voice,<br />

and virtual reality wearables,<br />

Common Design Change Process for<br />

Nuclear Engineering, and<br />

Information Management in the<br />

cloud.<br />

The beautiful JW Marriott Las<br />

Vegas property in Summerlin,<br />

Nevada will once again host the <strong>2019</strong><br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> conference.<br />

Conference Dates:<br />

August 4-6, <strong>2019</strong><br />

• Educational Opportunities scheduled Saturday, August 3 and possibly Wednesday, August 7.<br />

• Keynote speakers Sunday, August 4, and the Welcome Reception early evening.<br />

• Vendor Exhibits & Raffles Monday, August 5 with new Solution Spotlight sessions.<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> Business Unit meetings , Wednesday, August 7 and tentatively Thursday, August 8.<br />

Vendor exhibitor booths and location preference<br />

are available on a first-come basis! Continue checking<br />

the <strong>NIRMA</strong> website at www.nirma.org for conference<br />

details. We look forward to seeing you there!<br />

Early Bird pricing is available for a limited<br />

time! Make your plans early to participate<br />

in this year's <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference.<br />

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News from the<br />

Secretary<br />

T<br />

he newly reorganized<br />

Board of Directors (BOD)<br />

met face to face in<br />

February in Summerlin<br />

Nevada. The Board discussed,<br />

reviewed and established:<br />

• the <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>2019</strong> BOD Goals,<br />

• Budget,<br />

• Strategic Plan, and<br />

• SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses,<br />

Opportunities, Threats)<br />

Additionally, the Board reviewed the<br />

2018 Treasurer report of actuals vs<br />

budgeted, and reviewed and<br />

approved the Administrative<br />

Documents and procedures.<br />

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

• Selected the <strong>2019</strong>, Nominating<br />

Committee; Kathy Padilla,<br />

Southern Company and Lacey<br />

Green, STP<br />

• ANSI Audit; Annual review for<br />

ANSI Essential Requirements -<br />

Completed<br />

• Revised AP13, Development of<br />

ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong> Standards<br />

• Revised AP06, External Liaison<br />

Procedures<br />

• The Nuclear Specialist (NS)<br />

exam is now administered online<br />

• Transitioned from <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Newsletter to <strong>NIRMA</strong> Marketing<br />

Magazine<br />

• Implemented Constant Contact<br />

to communicate and deliver the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Magazine, surveys and<br />

Monthly emails<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> Website Enhanced<br />

• Approved AD01, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Style<br />

Guide<br />

• Approved TG16, Software<br />

Quality Assurance<br />

Documentation and Records<br />

• Published TG23, Turnover of<br />

Records and Incremental<br />

Handover of Information for<br />

Nuclear Facilities<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> established a Retiree’s<br />

rate for maintaining the NS<br />

membership/credentials<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> joined Twitter<br />

• Set the <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Strategic<br />

Plan and Goals<br />

• Performed a SWOT Review<br />

AUGUST 2018 BOARD ELECTION / REORGANIZATION RESULTS<br />

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

President: Michelle Smith, STP<br />

Vice President: Janice Hoerber, Ameren Services<br />

Secretary: Lona Smith, STP<br />

Treasurer: Anita Beren, GE Healthcare<br />

Director of Infrastructure: Sheila Pearcy, CRA, Central Characterization Program/TFE<br />

Director of Technical Programs: Rebecca Wessman, Xcel Energy<br />

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I<br />

n this edition, we will meet Lona Smith.<br />

Lona is Electronic Records Management<br />

Development Analyst at STPEGS where<br />

she is responsible for providing technical guidance<br />

to Records Management and Document Control,<br />

revising work instructions and streamlining<br />

processes. Chief jack of all/Master of none. Lona<br />

began her Nuclear career at STP in 1979 and plans<br />

to end her Nuclear career with STP in year…….to<br />

be determined....<br />

Lona has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> since the<br />

early 1990s and has served in several leadership<br />

positions on the Board and previously with the<br />

Regulations Information Management Business Unit<br />

(RIMBU).<br />

Q: Tells us a little<br />

about yourself.<br />

Lona: I am a dual<br />

citizen. I currently live in<br />

Austin and West<br />

Columbia Texas. My<br />

daughter (Alara), two<br />

grandbabies (Delilah 7<br />

and Eddie 3) and my<br />

husband (Larry) all live in<br />

Austin. I have 1<br />

biological daughter and my<br />

husband has a lot of<br />

children. Well he has one<br />

biological son (Tony), who<br />

is the daddy of our other<br />

grandson (Wyatt 13) and<br />

one stepson (Chris). Tony,<br />

Chris and Wyatt reside<br />

near me in West<br />

Columbia Texas. Did I<br />

Delilah and Eddie<br />

say my husband had a lot of kids, yeah 52+ foster children –<br />

several of which he still maintains relationships with. We are<br />

both midlife starter overs, both of us having lost our spouses.<br />

We have been married since 2010.<br />

I live/work in West Columbia Sunday thru Thursday and<br />

drive home to Austin on Thursday after work and stay thru<br />

Sunday evening when I drive back to West Columbia for<br />

another week of work. My husband is the Director of<br />

Maintenance for Community First Village, a development of<br />

Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Community First Village is a 51-<br />

acre planned community that provides affordable, permanent<br />

housing and a supportive community for the formerly<br />

chronically homeless. If you are ever in Austin Texas it is<br />

very much worth letting my husband, Larry Crawford give you<br />

Honey dog sitting on the back porch,<br />

feeling at home.<br />

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the tour.<br />

Q: What was the first record<br />

album you ever owned?<br />

Lona: My older brother actually gave me<br />

my first albums (hand me downs I’m<br />

sure)<br />

• Rolling Stones - Paint it Blank<br />

• Moody Blues - Knights in White<br />

Satin<br />

• Allman Brothers – I don’t<br />

remember which album.<br />

Q: What is your favorite all time<br />

movie line?<br />

Lona: This is hard…. I actually have<br />

several but two always come to mind.<br />

“I hoped it was you” from You Got<br />

Mail, and<br />

“You tell them that our lives can<br />

change with every breath we take... and<br />

tell 'em to hold on like hell to what<br />

they've got: each other, and a mother<br />

who would die for them and almost<br />

did... You tell them we've all got<br />

My grandson, Eddie pretending to drive my ranger.<br />

Zeus, our Hurricane Harvey rescue.<br />

He loves wearing his cowboy hat.<br />

meanness in us, but we've got goodness<br />

too. And the only thing worth living for<br />

is the good. And that's why we've got to<br />

make sure we pass it on” from Where<br />

the Heart Is.<br />

Q: You step outside your office<br />

and find a lottery ticket that<br />

ends up winning $10 million.<br />

What would you do?<br />

Lona: Make a meaningful contribution<br />

to aid the homeless in America. And go<br />

on my “dreamed of” vacation. First, to<br />

explore North America and then on to<br />

other countries I wish to explore.<br />

Q: You are magically<br />

transformed into a Disney<br />

character. Which one are you<br />

and why?<br />

Lona: Moana because Moana is brave, fierce<br />

and determined. She does not give up, she faces<br />

her fears. She is strong and committed to the<br />

cause!<br />

Q: If you could time travel,<br />

where would you go (and<br />

when)?<br />

Lona: For me personally, there are two<br />

years I would like to go back to and have<br />

a “do over”, as both were life altering<br />

times: 1975 or 2000.<br />

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Professional Development<br />

Business Unit News<br />

By Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director<br />

I<br />

can’t believe we are already three months into<br />

<strong>2019</strong>; before we know it, the conference will be<br />

upon us! There are three opportunities for<br />

professional development for you to consider, and<br />

it’s not too soon to start.<br />

First, I need a co-director to help with PDBU<br />

activities for <strong>NIRMA</strong>. This is a great way to begin to get<br />

involved in <strong>NIRMA</strong> leadership if you are looking<br />

toward advancing your role and involvement in<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>. The business unit is responsible for arranging<br />

educational and development opportunities for<br />

members. I can see the horizon and the sun is setting on<br />

my nuclear career. My plant has announced plans to<br />

close in a few years, so I welcome the opportunity to<br />

work with another individual and prepare them for the<br />

role before that day comes.<br />

particularly good opportunity for<br />

individuals holding professional<br />

certifications that need to accumulate maintenance<br />

credits for that certification. At the same time, it can be<br />

excellent practice in public speaking and a fantastic way<br />

to let others know what lessons have been learned, or<br />

what you think is a strength for your organization.<br />

Please consider the above. If you have any<br />

questions, contact me at tammy.cutts@pge.com.<br />

Second, consider professional certifications. The<br />

Certified Records Analyst (CRA) is a stand-alone<br />

certification, but it can also be used to begin your path<br />

to obtaining the Certified Records Manager (CRM)<br />

certification. If you have a certification, why not add to<br />

it with a specialist designation? CRAs and CRMs are<br />

both eligible to earn the Nuclear Specialist (NS)<br />

designation. CRMs in the government field are also<br />

eligible to earn the Federal Specialist designation.<br />

Finally, I encourage anyone interested to consider<br />

leading a session at the <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference. This is a<br />

Urgent Request<br />

for PDBU Co-Director!<br />

Please consider serving <strong>NIRMA</strong> in the<br />

Professional Development Business Unit!<br />

Help lead and contribute ideas for<br />

training and educational opportunities<br />

for our membership.<br />

Contact tammy.cutts@pge.com<br />

Anita S. Beren<br />

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

Financial Holdings as of:<br />

12/31/18<br />

Checking Account $ 13,482.59<br />

Investment Account $ 108,123.63<br />

TOTAL $ 121,606.22<br />

Income: $159,929.65<br />

Expenses: $171,474.66<br />

Net Income Loss $ 11,545.01<br />

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MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING (M&M)<br />

Business Unit News<br />

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

I<br />

n our October 2018 article,<br />

we told you of our<br />

excitement about the Chief<br />

Nuclear Officer, Tim<br />

Powell, of STP who agreed to<br />

share with his fellow CNO’s the<br />

value of <strong>NIRMA</strong> and solicit<br />

support to attend the <strong>2019</strong><br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference. Results were<br />

not as hopeful as anticipated.<br />

Subsequently, you will have seen a<br />

couple of our email messages<br />

asking for your help. We are trying<br />

to establish contacts at a number<br />

of nuclear facilities where we have<br />

no members, and have listed the<br />

sites in which we are interested.<br />

To date, we have received no input<br />

on these sites. Please keep your<br />

eyes out for our monthly messages<br />

for sites where we have no<br />

connections.<br />

We also are soliciting your<br />

help at your own facility. We want<br />

to identify additional Records,<br />

Document Control, and IT people<br />

to whom we can market <strong>NIRMA</strong>,<br />

where we can increase our visibility<br />

which can translate into increased<br />

conference attendance and<br />

increased vendor participation.<br />

Something each of you can do is<br />

submit names of colleagues in our<br />

own facilities or offices in key roles<br />

to whom <strong>NIRMA</strong> would offer<br />

value. Send contact information<br />

to Bruce Walters,<br />

bruce.walters@aecom.com. We<br />

may know the Document Control<br />

Manager, but not the IT or<br />

Records Manager. Consider<br />

helping us this way.<br />

And if you are interested in<br />

supporting the membership of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>, perhaps you could join<br />

our team. Bruce sends out call-in<br />

instructions for our monthly<br />

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

Wednesday of each month, and<br />

will gladly add you to the list. It’s<br />

your organization. Help us help<br />

you out!<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S<br />

Nominating committee<br />

By Kathy Padilla and Lacey Green<br />

T<br />

he election for the<br />

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

Directors will occur in<br />

July and we need your<br />

help in filling two Board<br />

positions. After the election, the<br />

new Board will meet, reorganize<br />

and will announce who is filling<br />

which position. Please consider<br />

nominating yourself or other<br />

individuals who you consider<br />

qualified to fill these leadership<br />

roles for the Association.<br />

Factors to include in your<br />

consideration are length of time<br />

as a <strong>NIRMA</strong> member, committee<br />

activities, service to <strong>NIRMA</strong>,<br />

professional qualification, and<br />

desire and ability to serve on the<br />

Board. The term is three years.<br />

Kathy Padilla<br />

Lacey Green<br />

Please send your nominations<br />

to Nominating Committee<br />

members, Kathy Padilla at<br />

KDPadill@SouthernCo.com or<br />

Lacey Green at<br />

llgreen@stpegs.com by April 15,<br />

<strong>2019</strong>.<br />

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NEI’s Korsnick:<br />

Choose Nuclear for a Fully Powered, Clean Energy Future<br />

As rising carbon emissions threaten<br />

our climate, the United States faces a<br />

turning point. The choices we make<br />

about where we get our electricity<br />

will affect our ability to protect the<br />

climate, as well as meet America’s<br />

growing energy needs.<br />

“How do we make sure we’re<br />

meeting America’s demand for<br />

electricity while also making the right<br />

choices ... to protect our<br />

environment?” asked Maria<br />

Korsnick, NEI president and chief<br />

executive office, at the Jan. 24 U.S.<br />

Energy Association’s annual State of<br />

the Energy Industry Forum.<br />

Solving our nation’s energy and<br />

climate challenges is more complex<br />

than replacing carbon-emitting<br />

sources with intermittent<br />

renewables, such as solar and wind.<br />

These renewable sources are<br />

dependent on the sun shining or the<br />

wind blowing, and in most cases,<br />

they are backed up with gas plants<br />

which emit carbon.<br />

Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads,<br />

with two paths in front of us. We can take<br />

the path that will diversify our energy mix:<br />

one that makes room for wind, solar and<br />

natural gas—but also for … nuclear. Or<br />

we take the other path, one that doesn’t<br />

invest in nuclear, that leads to higher<br />

emissions. I think the choice is clear.<br />

— Maria Korsnick, NEI's President<br />

and CEO<br />

America’s nuclear plants are highly<br />

efficient, operating at an average 92<br />

percent capacity across the fleet; this<br />

is up more than 20 points compared<br />

with two decades ago. In addition,<br />

the nuclear sector employs nearly a<br />

half million people, and nuclear<br />

facilities are economic engines for<br />

communities that host them.<br />

The problem is that some U.S.<br />

nuclear plants have been forced to<br />

close and others—like several plants<br />

in Ohio and Pennsylvania—are<br />

danger of shutting down. This poses<br />

risks for states such as Pennsylvania,<br />

where nuclear not only employs<br />

16,000 skilled workers, it produces<br />

42 percent of the state’s electricity<br />

and 93 percent of its clean energy.<br />

Nuclear energy’s ability to produce<br />

always-on, emission-free power is<br />

gaining it new recognition from<br />

groups, such as the United Nations’<br />

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate<br />

Change, the Nature Conservancy,<br />

and even Google, which have come<br />

to the conclusion that having nuclear<br />

as an option is essential for cutting<br />

carbon.<br />

“The scale of clean energy produced<br />

by nuclear is simply unmatched,”<br />

Korsnick said.<br />

“We need to partner together—keep<br />

the solid nuclear foundation and<br />

build more emission-free options.<br />

Instead of abandoning nuclear, we<br />

need to embrace it and recognize<br />

there is no successful climate<br />

solution without it."<br />

Article reprinted with<br />

permission of NEI.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

NEI Statement on<br />

Green New Deal<br />

WASHINGTON,D.C.—Rep.<br />

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)<br />

&Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)<br />

introduced their Green New Deal<br />

resolution. The following statement can be<br />

attributed to Maria Korsnick, president<br />

& CEO at Nuclear Energy Institute:<br />

"We commend efforts to promote<br />

the adoption of clean and zeroemission<br />

sources of electricity to<br />

address climate change. Nuclear<br />

energy operates 24/7, generates 20<br />

percent of U.S. electricity and more<br />

than 50 percent of our carbon-free<br />

generation, more than all other<br />

sources of zero-carbon electricity<br />

combined. Any approach to<br />

eliminating greenhouse gas<br />

emissions requires all clean energy<br />

technologies, including nuclear, to<br />

work together to address that<br />

urgent problem.<br />

"There is a growing consensus<br />

among climate advocates, including<br />

the UN Intergovernmental Panel<br />

on Climate Change, The Nature<br />

Conservancy, and even The Union<br />

of Concerned Scientists, that any<br />

climate solution must include<br />

nuclear energy. Former Energy<br />

Secretary Ernest Moniz said this<br />

week that the notion of achieving a<br />

grid composed of 100% renewables<br />

by 2050 is 'not realistic'."<br />

Article reprinted with permission of NEI.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

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The Top 7 Nuclear Issues Every<br />

New Congress Member Should Know<br />

NEI Senior Director of Federal Programs<br />

Bob Powers gives a glimpse of some of the<br />

biggest upcoming legislative issues in<br />

nuclear energy they’ll face. Here’s some of<br />

the things he’ll be sharing with the new<br />

Congress.<br />

The Climate and Clean Energy<br />

Debate Needs to Include<br />

Nuclear Our nation’s fleet of<br />

reactors produce more than 56<br />

percent of the country’s emissionsfree<br />

electricity. Climate change<br />

conversations are likely to occur in<br />

the 116th Congress and we will<br />

work to ensure legislators<br />

understand the vital importance of<br />

both preserving the existing fleet<br />

and enabling the nuclear reactors of<br />

tomorrow. In the last few months, a<br />

diverse group of companies,<br />

environmental groups and<br />

nongovernmental organizations has<br />

come forward to acknowledge that<br />

we will need help from America’s<br />

number one emissions-free energy<br />

source to find a viable, affordable<br />

solution to reducing emissions. That<br />

means preserving America’s existing<br />

nuclear power plants and building a<br />

pathway to licensing and<br />

constructing small modular reactors<br />

and advanced reactors.<br />

Nuclear Power Plants Are a Key<br />

Part of America’s Infrastructure<br />

Infrastructure is more than roads,<br />

bridges and ports. It’s also the vast<br />

electrical grid. Baseload generating<br />

stations like nuclear power plants<br />

are an essential part of the<br />

infrastructure that provides<br />

electricity around-the-clock to<br />

America’s homes, businesses and<br />

schools. They also provide jobs:<br />

America’s nuclear power plants<br />

directly employ nearly 100,000<br />

people in high-quality, long-term<br />

jobs. This number climbs to 475,000<br />

when you include secondary jobs.<br />

Infrastructure funding is one of the<br />

key places Republicans and<br />

Democrats could come together.<br />

President Trump touted the<br />

importance of infrastructure in his<br />

campaign and Speaker of the House<br />

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has<br />

emphasized the bipartisan potential<br />

of infrastructure for the new<br />

Congress. Chronic underinvestment<br />

in America’s infrastructure could<br />

cost every U.S. family $3,400 per<br />

year over the next decade and lead<br />

to longer-lasting blackouts. Any deal<br />

on infrastructure funding should<br />

take into account the importance of<br />

preserving our existing nuclear<br />

power plants.<br />

Congress Can Boost the Next<br />

Generation of Nuclear Power<br />

Plants Advanced nuclear<br />

technology (whether it’s the<br />

development of new nonlight water<br />

reactors, small modular reactors,<br />

micro-reactors or advanced fuels)<br />

enjoyed bipartisan support in the<br />

115th Congress. The last Congress<br />

saw bipartisan efforts on a variety of<br />

legislative initiatives (which resulted<br />

in over $2.5 billion in funding for<br />

the U.S. Department of Energy’s<br />

Office of Nuclear Energy in the<br />

115th Congress) seeking to advance<br />

the next generation of reactors and<br />

fuels. We look forward to ensuring<br />

that conversation continues and will<br />

also seek to bring even more<br />

members of Congress into the<br />

conversations about how long-term<br />

funding for the research,<br />

development and deployment of<br />

advanced nuclear technology can<br />

bring jobs, boost exports, help the<br />

climate and improve America’s<br />

national security.<br />

Nuclear Regulation Needs to Be<br />

Right-Sized You would be hard<br />

pressed to find any industry in<br />

America which takes safety as<br />

seriously as the U.S. nuclear<br />

industry. U.S. nuclear plants are<br />

among the safest and most secure<br />

industrial facilities in the<br />

country. That being said, NEI and<br />

its members continue to see<br />

instances of unnecessary and<br />

burdensome regulation by the U.S.<br />

Nuclear Regulatory Commission<br />

which bring little safety benefits.<br />

While adequate NRC regulation is<br />

absolutely necessary, one of our<br />

core missions is working with<br />

congressional lawmakers to make<br />

them aware when regulation crosses<br />

the line and adds another layer of<br />

bureaucracy without adding<br />

significant safety benefits.<br />

It’s Time to End the Used Fuel<br />

Stalemate Despite tens of billions<br />

of dollars paid by users of nuclear<br />

energy, for two decades the federal<br />

government has failed to meet its<br />

obligation to pick up the used<br />

nuclear fuel safely stored at nuclear<br />

plants around the country.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

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

article here.<br />

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DOE Expands NuScale SMR Plan to<br />

Quantify Heat, Hydrogen Benefits<br />

By Jax Jacobsen<br />

In December, the DOE’s Office of<br />

Nuclear Energy signed a<br />

Memorandum of Understanding<br />

(MoU) with Utah Associated<br />

Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)<br />

and Battelle Energy Alliance to use<br />

part of NuScale’s planned 720 MW<br />

SMR plant in Idaho for research<br />

purposes.<br />

The Carbon Free Power Project<br />

involves the construction of 12<br />

NuScale 60-MW SMR modules at<br />

the DOE's Idaho National<br />

Laboratory (INL) by 2026-2017.<br />

Under the MOU, one of the 60 MW<br />

modules will be ringfenced for the<br />

testing of non-electricity<br />

applications under the DOE's Joint<br />

Use Modular Plant (JUMP) research<br />

program. The DOE also plans to<br />

use a second module to supply<br />

power to INL facilities.<br />

The remainder of the plant will<br />

supply power to UAMPS, which<br />

represents community-owned power<br />

networks located in Utah, California,<br />

Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico,<br />

Oregon and Wyoming.<br />

The JUMP research program will<br />

examine a range of non-electricity<br />

applications, including thermal<br />

energy for industrial processes,<br />

desalination and hydrogen<br />

production, Shannon Bragg-Sitton,<br />

INL Systems Integration Manager<br />

and JUMP program director, told<br />

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

Expanding on previous<br />

research by NuScale, INL<br />

will also create a platform<br />

which allows operators to<br />

respond to renewable<br />

energy intermittency and deploy non<br />

-electricity applications during times<br />

of excess power supply, she said.<br />

The research aims to support<br />

multiple applications for SMR<br />

reactors and open up new markets<br />

for growth, Bragg-Sitton said.<br />

“Nuclear power plants are<br />

traditionally used for electricity<br />

rather than to support the thermal<br />

energy needs of industrial processes,<br />

but this paradigm is shifting,” she<br />

said.<br />

New markets<br />

The JUMP program has been<br />

divided into three phases. In Phase 1<br />

(2018-2021), INL will create a<br />

prioritized list of non-electric use<br />

applications for nuclear power<br />

plants, develop a cost estimate, and<br />

create an integrated modeling,<br />

testing, and licensing plan with<br />

NuScale, utilities, and other<br />

potential end-users.<br />

In Phase 2 (2021 to 2026), INL will<br />

perform benchtop testing and scaled<br />

non-nuclear demonstration of<br />

different operational regimes. In<br />

Phase 3, INL will execute the R&D<br />

plan when the plant enters<br />

operations in around 2027.<br />

Applications to be examined include<br />

the production of thermal energy<br />

for industrial processes, desalination<br />

of portable water from brackish<br />

water or seawater, and hydrogen<br />

production.<br />

Heating applications are seen as<br />

a key selling point for SMRs,<br />

particularly as companies and<br />

governments strive to meet carbon<br />

reduction targets. Storage efficiency,<br />

power-heat switching capability and<br />

infrastructure readiness will all<br />

influence the competitiveness of<br />

these plants.<br />

Hydrogen production would involve<br />

the diversion of steam from<br />

NuScale power modules. The<br />

hydrogen could be used for<br />

applications such as ammonia<br />

production, refining, steam<br />

manufacturing or in the growing<br />

fuel cell market.<br />

A 2014 study by NuScale and INL<br />

found that a 300 MW NuScale plant<br />

could supply the hydrogen demand<br />

of a mid-sized ammonia production<br />

plant, while a 600 MW plant could<br />

support a mid-sized refinery.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r. Read full article<br />

here.<br />

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