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Issue # 07, Spring 2020


Leading the way in Nuclear Information and Records Management


Visit us at: NIRMA.org

Georgia Power Orders First

Fuel Load for Vogtle Unit 3

YOU are the Ctrl F Key: The Hidden Cost of

Manual Microfilm Lookup (And How On

Demand Digital Conversion Can Help Fix That!),

ST Imaging/nextScan

Chronicles of NIM

A Retrospective on Information Management in

Nuclear Power, KISMET Consulting, Inc.


Spring 2020




Georgia Power Orders First Fuel Load for Vogtle Unit 3

YOU are the Ctrl F Key: The Hidden Cost of Manual

Microfilm Lookup (And How On Demand Digital

Conversion Can Help Fix That!)

By Arijana Dizdarevic, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, STimaging / nextScan

Chronicles of NIM: A Retrospective on Information

Management in Nuclear Power

By Eugene Yang, Kismet Consulting



2020 NIRMA Conference Keynote Speakers

NIRMA Transforming the 2020 Conference

By Janice Hoerber, Vice President of NIRMA

Front and Back Cover Photos: Georgia Power Company Plant:

Front Cover (left) Plants Vogtle Units 1-4.

Back Cover (right) Vogtle Unit 3 Reactor Vessel Cavity.

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in every issue









Neal and Sandra Miller


A Note from the Editors

Help us Grow our

Social Media Presence!

In 2019, NIRMA took steps to further establish itself on

social media, this included adding a Twitter account and

taking the opportunity to communicate more frequently via

Facebook and LinkedIn. With Facebook and Twitter alone,

we were able to add nearly 400 followers and reach more

than 25,000 people.

While we were happy with those results, we aren’t

through and to quote an old Carpenters song “We’ve Only

Just Begun.” The NIRMA Board of Directors established

“Increase NIRMA’s awareness by continued use of the

NIRMA website and social media” as one of its key goals

for 2020. In pursuing this goal, we believe it will help us

grow our membership and increase vendor participation.

And by continuing to get bigger and better, it will allow us

to increase the value we are able to provide our


Now the big question. How can you help? If you

haven’t already, take a moment to like and follow us on

Facebook and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and our newly

established Instagram account. To take things to the next

level, when you see a post from us, comment on it and

share it with others.

To help get you started, the links to each of our social

media platforms are within the icons below. Please take a

moment to follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on

Facebook, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Thank you for your support!

Neal & Sandra Miller



NIRMA Headquarters

Sarah Perkins

NIRMA Administrator

245 Sunnyridge Ave., #41

Fairfield, CT 06824


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Georgia Power Orders First Fuel

Load for Vogtle Unit 3


eorgia Power has ordered

the first nuclear fuel load

for Vogtle Unit 3, the first

nuclear fuel order to be

placed in more than 30 years for a

newly-designed reactor in the U.S.

The fuel order marks another

significant milestone at the Vogtle

nuclear expansion near Waynesboro,


Consisting of 157 fuel assemblies

with each measuring 14 feet tall, the

fuel will eventually be loaded into

the Unit 3 reactor vessel to support

startup once the reactor begins

operating. After this initial fueling,

approximately one third of the total

fuel assemblies will be replaced

during each refueling outage after

the units begin operating, similar to

the process used at existing Vogtle

units 1 and 2.

The fuel order for Vogtle Unit 3

comes just months after the

placement of the containment vessel

top, which was witnessed by U.S.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry,

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp,

Plant Vogtle Unit 4 (Image: Georgia Power Company)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny

Perdue, North America's Building

Trades Unions President Sean

McGarvey, members of Congress

and all five members of the Georgia

Public Service Commission,

signifying that all modules and large

components have been placed inside

the unit.

In addition, the placement of

three low-pressure turbine rotors

and the generator rotor inside the

Unit 3 turbine building have also

been completed. The turbine rotors,

weighing approximately 200 tons

each and rotating at 1,800

revolutions per minute, will pass

steam through the turbine blades to

power the generator and supply

electricity to the grid. The highpressure

turbine rotor will be

installed in the coming weeks.

Plant Vogtle Unit 3 Containment Vessel (Image: Georgia Power Company)

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Plant Vogtle Unit 3 and 4 (Image: Georgia Power Company)

The generator rotor is the moving

component of the electromagnetic

system of the electric generator. As

the turbines rotate, they turn the

generator rotor. The generator rotor

is surrounded by the generator stator

that work together creating an

electromagnetic field to generate


Significant progress continues to

be made at the construction site as

the project workforce remains at an

all-time high with approximately

8,000 workers on site. With more

than 800 permanent jobs available

once the units begin operating,

Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest

jobs-producing construction

project in the state of Georgia.

Looking inside the Plant Vogtle Unit 4 cooling tower (Image: Georgia Power Company)

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By Arijana Dizdarevic

Sales & Marketing Coordinator, STimaging / nextScan


ow much time does it take

to look up just one record

from a roll of microfilm?

All you need to do is

retrieve ONE piece of information

from it. Simple! How long could that


In our day-to-day digital world,

we have grown accustom to instantly

receiving information, but anyone

who’s worked with microfilm knows

that getting information from that

medium could result in a lengthy

task. You just fell into the classic

“trap” of manual retrieval – one of

the biggest hidden time sinks of

record requests from analog film.

The trouble with pulling records

from microfilm is that you are not

done once you find the microfilm

roll. You have only just begun. Any

roll of microfilm might contain up to

1,500 documents, and it’s up to you

to find the requested record.

How long will that take?

• If you can identify a

document from a quick glance

at the title, one second per

frame would mean it takes 25

minutes to get all the way

through a roll of 1,500


• If you have to take a more indepth

look, say 10 seconds,

then that could equal more

than four hours per roll!

• Sometimes you’ll be lucky and

the document you want will

be right at the start, but

sometimes it’ll be at the end.

Taking the average, you are

looking through 750


• That means that a typical

“quick” records search of a

full roll should take about 12

minutes, while an in-depth

search can take hours.

The reason, and of course you know,

because you have to read what is on

each frame of film. On a modern PC

running an MS Word or PDF file,

simply entering Ctrl-F allows for a

search function and jumping

through a few highlighted keywords.

With a manual process like

microfilm, you are the Ctrl-F key,

because your machine can’t do it for


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next can


Of course, certain things can help you cut down

the manual search time, such as a table of contents, or

if you have a general idea of where in the film to look.

But luck or experience is a requirement there, and on

average, you’re still probably going to spend at least 5

or 10 minutes on a records lookup, even if you’re

good and lucky.

It is time to stop

manually retrieving

microfilm records. Step

into the digital age by

converting those

records to digital

microfilm ribbons and

find the documents

practically instantly.

Let the computer do

what it is good at and

be the Ctrl-F command.

Why Digitizing Your Microfilm

Collection Saves Time – And Pays

for Itself in the Long Run

It may look like we spent the past several

paragraphs discussing how inefficient it is to manually

look up records on microfilm, but what we really want

to show you is how much time it saves to do the

process digitally.

You can conduct a search on microfilm rolls just

like you can with a PDF – you just need to convert the

microfilm into a digital microfilm ribbon first. Then run

a simple optical character recognition program to make

it searchable. Besides the obvious practical benefits, like

preservation, backing up the records, and protecting

your collection from “Vinegar Syndrome” rot, you’ll be

able to save a lot of time by getting an assist from your

computer on every search you do.

Digitizing an entire roll of microfilm to a digital file

format can take as little as one minute on today’s fastest

high-speed conversion unit. While scanning at a high

rate is beneficial to your conversion project,

guaranteeing that every file was digitized is critical to

record retention requirements. Combined with software

designed for batch audit processing, the daunting task of

combing through thousands of files is simplified with a

ribbon auditor. Users can see an entire scan and quickly

check for complete capture, in addition to applying

universal image enhancements to the ribbon or a

selected group of frames. The key to completing your

conversion project in one piece and on time is not only

fast scanning but also fast auditing capabilities.

High-speed microfilm conversion scanners will

steer your department towards maximum operational

efficiency by streamlining the record retrieval process.

By instituting an on-demand process your staff can

capture and convert entire rolls of microfilm as records

are requested without making drastic changes to your

existing business process. Any time there is a records

request, simply capture the whole roll instead, find what

you’re looking for using a fast search, and keep the

digital copy forever – all in about the same amount of

time it would have taken you to find the information


It is time to stop manually retrieving microfilm

records. Step into the digital age by converting those

records to digital microfilm ribbons and find the

documents practically instantly. Let the computer do

what it is good at and be the Ctrl-F command.



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From the President

Michelle M. Smith


his past month the NIRMA Board of

Directors met for our Winter Board meeting.

The Board collectively reviewed our Strategic

Plan and goals. We took an in-depth look at

how we will achieve our goals for 2020. The NIRMA

Strategic Plan states NIRMA is the industry leader in

information and records management, uniquely

qualified to provide:

• guidance to our members in the areas of

quality records programs,

• regulatory compliance activities,

• electronic records initiatives,

• document management technologies, and

• knowledge management issues.

To comply with our Strategic Plan and goals

NIRMA continues to seek visionaries to share ideas

and to create a platform for our audience to discuss

how to address the industry’s biggest challenges and

create opportunities through using innovative tools.

NIRMA has been working with industry peers to

identify speakers for the upcoming conference. We

have an array of presenters with topics that will be

prevalent to our industry.

Just a few of the top speakers already

confirmed for 2020 include:

• David Nelson, NRC Chief Information

Officer and Chief Data Officer, will provide

an overview of the NRC initiatives that will

drive changes for our industry on August 2.

• Colleen R. McClanahan, Directorate,

Management & Program Analyst, FAC-COR

with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on

August 2.

• Laura Williams, with the American Nuclear

Insurers (ANI) has an extensive background

in Health Physics and Decommissioning, will

be the Keynote Speaker on August 3.

• Karen Fili, current President & CEO of

URENCO USA. Previously Site VP at

Southern Company for Vogtle 3 & 4, and Site

VP at Monticello Nuclear plant, will be the

Keynote Speaker on August 4.

For additional information on two Keynote

Speakers, see pages 12 and 13.

If you would like to present a topic or get involved

in NIRMA, please contact us at nirma@nirma.org.

Not a Member of NIRMA?

Click here to join today!

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A Retrospective on Information

Management in Nuclear Power

By Eugene Y. Yang, KISMET Consulting, Inc.

t was not necessarily always

about document control and

records management. I did

process improvement consulting from

the 1990’s and into 2000’s when

“globalization” really emerged and

competition was for real. This

resulted in the “right-sizing” of

companies; deregulation came to the

electric utility sector, forcing the

nuclear power industry to look at

better efficiencies. This issue’s article

reflects my experience in process

improvement versus technology


Growing up, I was a big fan of

science fiction. I loved anthologies;

you could

read a

variety of

great short

stories, filled

with science

“gee whiz”.

One story

that stuck

with me was



General” by


Cogswell. A maintenance battalion

of the Imperial Space Marines

establishes a

base on an


planet, but it’s

forgotten as the

empire falls

into civil war. For the next 500

years, the soldiers doggedly stick to

their mission in training for starships

that never come. They lapse into a

primitive farming and hunting

existence, exhibiting characteristics

of the American Indian culture.

“Braves” are garbed in buckskin,

wearing feathers that identify their

company or platoon, and on their

arms are painted rank insignia. One

day, starships do show up, but they

are sorely in need of maintenance.

One particular brave immediately

identifies one of the problems and

fixes it. Astonished, the starship

captain asks how did the brave know

how to repair the problem, the brave

shrugged and said, “That’s how I’ve

always done it.”

Starting in the late 1970s and into

the 1990’s, the resurgent Japanese

industrial base produced

competitively priced, high-quality

goods, staggering the economies of

North America and Western Europe.

For example, the United Kingdom,

for the first time since the Industrial

Revolution, became a net importer

of finished goods. The big secret?

The Japanese studied, implemented,

and refined the quality management

principles espoused by W. Edward

Demig: Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA).

“Process Improvement”, “Process

Re-engineering”, and other like

terms became all the rage.

A good portion of the consulting

that I did in those days was directed

at achieving greater production in

the capture, review, indexing,

storage, and disposition of

documents and records piling up at

near mythic volumes. This work

addressed not only fundamental

recordkeeping processes, but also

major plant processes, such as design

change/modification, supply chain,

maintenance management, and

configuration management. I got to

use cool (well, at the time!) tools

such as MetaVision or IEW’s

Knowledgeware that helped in

modeling processes.

The debate back then (and

continues today!) is: which “answer”

takes the lead - is it an improved

process or is it better technology? I

am still amused at the “armed

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camps” – the “process” or business people were all

about the latest and greatest computer technology that

would take care of their problems, and the information

technologists would be about getting the “fill-in-theblank

users” to come up with a cogent process

description so they could fit in the technology.

When I would facilitate a process review, there would

be times when I’d scratch my head on a particular series

of steps, and ask “why do you do this?” I’d get back,

“That’s how we’ve always done it.” I would then think,

you know, that’s a bad process; if they implement the

system according to this process, they’re only making a

bad process go faster! On the other hand, the nature-of

-the-beast with technology is that there is an inherent

“management system” in the software, processes that

may not fit a company’s current culture or processes.

So, do you adopt the process to meet the system, or do

you adopt the system to meet the process?

I’ve seen it both ways, with extraordinary hoopjumping

and accompanying cultural angst. On one

hand, so much change was done to a software

application to meet a company’s process that it was

Back then, the buzzword

that got change going

was “total quality

management”; today,

it’s Lean-Six Sigma.

Tomorrow? No doubt

there will be another

methodology to get

excited about, but the

clash will be the same: is

it process improvement

or technology change?

nearly unrecognizable if you saw that system used in

another company. On the other hand, I’ve seen “edicts

from on high” that the software must be used “as-is”,

so the company needs to change its ways of doing

business to meet it. Don’t get me wrong; there are valid

reasons for either way, with justified cost-benefits, it’s

just an interesting dichotomy I’ve observed – or been a

part of!

The best implementations, especially at the fleet-wide

scale, is where a compromise is achieved between

process improvement and technology change. There are

some processes that must stay in place in order to meet

regulatory needs (“if the process is bad, go tell the

guv’mint!”); on the other hand, if a software company

has a track record of effective success, a client should

“listen” as to why the automated process is in place and

strive to implement it.

Back then, the buzzword that got change going was

“total quality management”; today, it’s Lean-Six Sigma.

Tomorrow? No doubt there will be another

methodology to get excited about, but the clash will be

the same: is it process improvement or technology


Eugene has been a member of NIRMA for

over 33 years. At the time he joined,

NIRMA had only been in existence for 11

years. He would love to hear about stories

and anecdotes from others, so please email

him at:


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NIRMA 2020 Conference



David Nelson currently serves as

the Chief Information Officer (CIO)

and Chief Data Officer (CDO) of

the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(NRC). Mr. Nelson was selected for

this role in 2016 to oversee the

NRC’s information technology/

information management (IT/IM)

portfolio, including those IT systems

supporting nuclear reactor safety and

nuclear materials and waste safety.

In addition to the IT/IM

portfolio, Mr. Nelson is responsible

for the NRC’s information resource

management, enterprise architecture

program, cybersecurity program,

information and records

management program, information

collection program, and the agency’s

implementation of the Freedom of

Information Act and the Federal

Privacy Act of 1974.

Mr. Nelson previously held

several executive roles at the Centers

for Medicare and Medicaid Services

(CMS), including CIO and Director,

Office of Enterprise Information;

Director, Office of Information

Services; Director, Office of

Enterprise Management; and

Director, Data Analytics and Control

Group for the Center for Program

Integrity. Mr. Nelson’s Office

managed the CMS’s $2.6 billion IT

portfolio, including the complex

ecosystem of applications and

trusted data exchanges supporting

Healthcare.gov, the Medicare claims

processing system, and the Medicaid

support and quality reporting

systems. Mr. Nelson joined CMS in

2004 as the Director, Division of

Call Center Systems, Office of

External Affairs and Beneficiary

Services, and was charged with

improving access to information for

40 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Before joining CMS, Mr. Nelson

served in a variety of challenging

private sector leadership roles,

including co-founder of two

broadband development companies

that provided access to underserved

markets in the United States.

Mr. Nelson also served in

executive operations roles both in

the United States and abroad for

several leading IT development and

telecommunications companies, and

as Vice President of Operations for a

telecommunications firm where he

managed the commissioning of

several hundred satellite earth

stations in 50 countries across

Europe, Latin America, and the

United States.

Save the


The 44 th Annual Nuclear

Information Management

Conference will be held on

August 2-4, 2020.

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NIRMA 2020 Conference



Colleen McClanahan is a

Management & Program Analyst

with the Federal Bureau of

Investigation (FBI). Ms.

McClanahan began her FBI career in

2011 where she managed multiple

information technology contracts in

the FBI’s Information Technology

Branch. Ms. McClanahan

transferred to the Weapons of Mass

Destruction Directorate (WMDD) is

2013 where she managed the

Directorate’s Contract

Administration Program and

implemented executive management

strategic objectives regarding

personnel assets. In 2014, she

transferred to her current position,

within WMDD, to the Nuclear and

Radiological Countermeasures Unit

(NRCU). Ms. McClanahan has

provided program management on

several international and domestic

nuclear and radiological programs

where she provides subject matter

expertise on implementing

countermeasures and tripwires to

prevent, detect and respond to

radiological and nuclear terrorism


In addition to her day-to-day

responsibilities in NRCU, Ms.

McClanahan is a member of the

FBI’s Victim Services Response

Team where she supports the FBI’s

response to mass casualty incidents.

Ms. McClanahan received her

Bachelor’s Degree in

Communication Studies from

Towson University. Prior to joining

the FBI, Ms. McClanahan was the

Director of Administration and

Meetings Manager for Bostrom

Corporation, an association

management company.

Ms. McClanahan will present

“How the Federal Bureau of

Investigation (FBI) Counters the

Radiological Threat”.

Description: The mission of the

FBI is to protect the American

people and uphold the Constitution

of the United States. The FBI

created the Weapons of Mass

Destruction Directorate (WMDD)

to build a cohesive and coordinated

approach to incidents involving

chemical, biological, radiological,

nuclear, or explosive (CBRNe)

material—with an overriding focus

on prevention. Through a nuclear

and radiological tripwire initiative,

the FBI provides awareness briefing

that discuss potential threats and

vulnerabilities regarding the use of,

research of, or manufacturing of

radiological sources. The purpose of

this presentation is to discuss:

• An overview of the FBI,

• the role of the WMD


• types of threats applicable to

NIRMA members,

• suspicious behaviors, and

• real world case studies.

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NIRMA Transforming the

2020 Conference

Janice Hoerber, Vice President



t is an exciting time as we

plan for the 44 th Nuclear

Information Management

Conference (August 2-4,

NIRMA is embracing change and

unveiling a new look for the 2020

conference in the exclusive Palms

Executive Conference Center at the JW

Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa.

For over a decade, the conference

has been located in the Marquis

Conference area. The NIRMA

Board is delighted with the new

conference space in the Palms

Tower and believe it will be a

welcomed change for attendees and

vendor exhibitors.

The 2020 NIRMA Conference

schedule will be changed up to

revitalize the tracks and session

topics to meet the needs of a

broader audience. Each day will

include a special Keynote speaker to

share industry perspectives. An

emphasis will also be on a

Fundamentals track Sunday for the

beginner as well as those looking for

a refresher. Your feedback from last

year's conference has been helpful in

making adjustments for this August!

We look forward to a terrific

lineup of speakers and topics in

August! The Call for Papers is

posted on the NIRMA website (click

here) with a variety of relevant topics

to consider. Submit your 100-150

word abstract of your presentation

in March to Janice Hoerber,

NIRMA Vice President at


This year's



theme is focused

on the Nuclear


and Embracing

Change in your


The NIRMA conference offers a

forum for excellent networking.

The conference schedule will be

packed with learning opportunities

as well as knowledge sharing among

peers and the regulators.

Highlight of the 2020

Conference events:

• Educational Opportunities

for signup (coming soon)

Saturday, August 1

• Opening Day Keynote, plus

ICRM Prep &

Fundamentals track Sunday,

August 2

• Welcome Reception (food &

beverages) early evening,

Sunday, August 2

• Vendor Exhibits & Raffles

Monday, August 3 with

dedicated Solution Spotlight


• Keynotes, Technical

Sessions and Panel

Discussions Monday &

Tuesday, August 3-4

NIRMA Business Unit

meetings Wednesday, August

5 & tentatively Thursday,

August 6

The Vendor Exhibitor

Extravaganza will have a great new

look Monday, August 3 in the

Cascades ballroom!

Continue checking the NIRMA

website at www.nirma.org for all the

details and to register for the

conference. We look forward to

seeing you there!

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Sheila Pearcy, CRA


ell it has been a good year

and here we are off to a

good start for 2020. The

NIRMA Board of Directors

(BOD) met in Summerlin for the Biannual

Board Meetings in February.

Much was accomplished. The Board

discussed, reviewed and established:

NIRMA 2020 BOD Goals

• Status of NIRMA Organization

• Treasurer’s Report and 2020


• 5-Year Strategic Plan

• SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses,

Opportunities, Threats)



• Successful 43rd Annual NIRMA


NIRMA Board managed

expenses closely in 2019 to net a

positive finish for the year.

• 3 Outstanding NIRMA

Magazines were produced and


• Eugene Yang represented

NIRMA in the United Arab

Emirates by providing training

and instruction to ENEC.

• Selected the 2020, Nominating

Committee – Denise Pickett and

Ed Springer.

NIRMA’s social media presence

has tripled for Facebook and


• Board approved WP-06, NIRMA

Decommissioning White Paper.

• Board agreed to $50.00 NIRMA

membership cost for Nuclear

Specialist (NS) Retired Members

• Revised AP02, Annual Election

and Board of Directors

Reorganization Process.

• Approved TG22, Management

of Electronic Vendor Technical

Documents and PP06,

Alternative Approaches in the

Implementation of the NRC

Regulatory Issue Summary.

NIRMA was requested by NEI

to present at the NEI

Decommissioning Task Force.

Eugene Yang presented on

behalf of NIRMA - WP06 the

NIRMA White Paper on


• Published ICRM Nuclear

Specialist (NS) Brochure.

• Two members Kathi Cole and

Denise Pickett represented

NIRMA at the annual 2019

ARMA Conference to support

Industry outreach.

• Bruce Walters and Gil Bruckner

were honored at the NIRMA

Annual Business Meeting for

achieving the prestigious Nuclear

Specialist (NS) certification.

• M&M provided ongoing support

of LinkedIn, Facebook, and

Twitter as well as the NIRMA

Monthly Emails to the

membership with the help of

Devereaux Consulting. Posting

organizational information,

industry news and special

notifications as requested by the

Board. M&M BU has developed

a draft Mentoring Program.

• PDBU offered the Preconference

training “Do You See

the Flow?” on business process

mapping and process


• RIMBU continues to review

Technical Guidelines for

technical accuracy and validity,

per the biannual review schedule.





President: Michelle Smith, STP

Vice President: Janice Hoerber,

Ameren Services

Secretary: Sheila Pearcy, CRA,

Regulatory Environmental Services


Treasurer: Anita Beren, GE


Director of Infrastructure: Bruce

Walters, CRM/NS, AECOM

Director of Technical Programs:

Lona Smith, STP

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Business Unit (PDBU)


Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director


rofessional development has a lot to offer

individuals. These offerings can be personal;

you can become better at your job, develop

confidence in practicing your profession, prepare for

future positions, or stay engaged in your current work.

It's a requirement for individual's holding professional

certifications such as CRA, CRM, IGP, CIP, etc. Your

employers, current or future, reap benefits from your

development as well.

Professional development can be a lot of different

experiences, and NIRMA is pleased to provide some of

those to its members.

Looking for opportunities?

Consider the following:

• Attend the NIRMA conference for benchmarking

and sessions.

• Enroll in the pre-conference workshop.

• Those new to records management can attend

Sunday sessions on the basics.

• Those further along in their careers and looking to

add a professional certification can attend the ICRM

exam prep workshop on Sunday afternoon to learn

about taking the CRA parts. And for existing

CRAs/CRMs, there will be a NS and Fed exam

review on Monday or Tuesday.

• Already a CRA or CRM? Try the specialist

designation (NS or Federal) prep on Monday.

• Individuals with professional certifications can earn

maintenance points by leading sessions.

• Those with something to share can learn from the

experience of developing and presenting a session

while contributing to the development of attendees

(click here to see the Call for Papers for the


I'm excited about the upcoming conference with its

various offerings and I look forward to seeing you there!

NIRMA’s Financial Holdings

As of: February 20, 2020

Anita S. Beren

NIRMA Treasurer

Checking Account $ 48,840.89

Investment Account $ 132,046.10

Debit Account $ 149.37

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Business Unit News

Kathi Cole, M&MBU Director

e are less than 6 months away from the 2020


NIRMA Conference. Time to start really

thinking about attending the conference. There

are great ways to enjoy and participate in the

learning and fun.

We have lined up some amazing Keynote

speakers for this Conference. In the coming months, we

will be sharing more details about topics, but right now

we have speakers from the NRC, FBI, American

Nuclear Insurers (ANI), and a former Site VP from

Vogtle and Monticello nuclear plants. You and your

work colleagues are going to want to hear these

presentations … which leads us to the next topic.

BRING-a-BUDDY” Campaign!

We will again be promoting the “BRING-a-

BUDDY” campaign in 2020. When you register yourself

and a “buddy” (a new attendee) to come to the 2020

NIRMA conference, your names will be placed in a

special drawing. Prizes are always fun! Remember to

register by July 1st and receive the Early Bird Discount.

The new attendee can be anyone from your


ust a reminder that the election for the NIRMA

Board of Directors will occur in July and we

need your help in filling the two Board positions

that are open for election. Please consider

nominating yourself or other individuals who you

consider qualified to fill these leadership positions for

the Association.

organization, such as IT, your

boss, procedure writers, auditors,

engineers, etc.

NIRMA is offering a

group discount when you register for the Conference

early. Purchase 3 registrations from the same company,

and all subsequent registrations are $600. These

subsequent employees need not be part of the Records

Management organization. They can be employees from

any of the organizations within the same company.

NIRMA is also offering a discounted price for your boss

for $500 with your paid registration.

Mentoring Program

A draft Mentoring Program has been presented

to the Board for consideration. Once approved and

implemented, it will enable members to seek guidance

from our more experienced members on a number of

topics. We will be needing individuals to step up to

become those mentors. Stay tuned. For additional

information or questions, please contact Kathi Cole at

kjccole1@yahoo.com or Denise Pickett at




Denise L. Pickett, CRM/NS/FED, IGP

Nominations for NIRMA

Board of Directors

professional qualification, and desire and ability to serve

on the Board. The term is three years.

Please send your nominations to the Nominating

Committee members, Denise Pickett at

denise.pickett.crm@gmail.com or Ed Springer at

edgar.springer@pseg.com by April 25, 2020.

Factors to include in your consideration are length

of time as a NIRMA member, committee activities,

leadership positions held, service to NIRMA,

Denise or Ed will provide proposed candidates with

documents and guidance per AP02, Annual Election

and Board of Directors Reorganization Process.

Inside NIRMA NIRMA.org Spring 2020 17

NuScale Submits SMR Design to

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

A NuScale power plant could house up to 12 individual power modules

(Image: NuScale)

NuScale has made its first submittal

to the Canadian Nuclear Safety

Commission (CNSC) for pre-licensing

vendor design review (VDR) of its SMR


This submission reflects the

substantive work that NuScale

continues to accomplish in the

regulatory field as the company is

simultaneously bringing the U.S.’s first

NuScale power plant into production

and operation by 2026. “Interest in

building NuScale plants in Canada

continues to grow. This pre-licensing

process allows our design to be

reviewed by another highly respected

regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety

Commission, and we look forward to

their thorough evaluation of our

innovative safety features,” said NuScale

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John Hopkins.

“We are thrilled to continue our path

forward to introduce our scalable,

economic, carbon-free, and safe SMR

technology to Canadian customers.”

Building on the US Nuclear

Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) design

certification application (DCA) process,

the submission to CNSC will allow a

potential customer to maximize

increased efficiencies for technical

reviews when later seeking to submit a

construction license application,

according to NuScale.

NuScale’s design is the world’s first

SMR to undergo design certification

review by the NRC, completing Phase 4

of its DCA in December.

NuScale has signed an agreement

with Bruce Power to develop a business

case to support the company’s efforts to

bring its SMR technology to Canada.

Ontario Power Generation participates

on the NuScale Advisory Board and

provides advice.

Article reprinted with permission of

Nuclear Energy Insider. Read full

article here.

New Study Finds

Nuclear Energy

Significant for

Washington’s Clean

Energy Goals

Washington, D.C.—Energy Northwest

unveiled a new study that lays out a path to

reliably achieve 100% carbon-free energy by

2045 through clean resources like wind, solar

and nuclear energy. The study from Energy

+ Environmental Economics identifies

pathways to reduce carbon emissions that

includes preserving current nuclear plants

through second license renewals and the

deployment of innovative SMR. These

findings build on a consensus that nuclear

energy, and even more of it, will be needed to

meet climate goals because it provides reliable

carbon-free electricity, 24/7.

The following statement can be

attributed to Maria Korsnick,

president and chief executive officer

of the Nuclear Energy Institute:

“Today, Energy Northwest released

a study that clearly demonstrates the

important role of nuclear energy in a

carbon-free future. Key to the success

in reaching Washington state’s clean

energy transformation is the license

renewal of the Columbia Generating

Station nuclear power plant and the

availability of firm, carbon-free

generation, like that offered by small

modular reactors.

“SMR will provide always-on,

reliable energy that can seamlessly

complement wind and solar. The cost

feasibility study shows that they can be

a critical component of any plan to

reach net-zero carbon emissions in a

cost-effective way.”

Article reprinted with permission

of NEI. Read full article here.

18 Spring 2020 NIRMA.org Inside NIRMA

The Versatile Test Reactor Can Help Unlock the

Future of Carbon-Free Energy

The 2020s will be the decade of innovations in

nuclear energy. The technologies and tools that will enable

advanced nuclear reactors to become a reality are being

developed now.

Those more energetic neutrons have many

advantages. They can split a much wider variety of atoms to

make energy, including many atoms that were produced in

today’s reactors and would otherwise be considered waste.

They can run reactors that operate at much higher

temperatures than are common today, which would produce

steam that can be used for many more purposes. And many

of those designs would run at far lower pressures, making

them easier and less expensive to build.

Versatile Test Reactor

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Versatile Test

Reactor (VTR) is one of those cutting-edge, specialized tools.

Just getting under way, the VTR is intended to mimic the

conditions that would exist in a category of advanced

reactors now under development: fast reactors, which

include sodium-cooled fast reactors, molten salt reactors and

high-temperature gas reactors.

With a pressing need to reduce carbon emissions

and a growing worldwide demand for electricity, it is urgent

to commercialize advanced reactor technologies, many of

which use molten salt, sodium or helium gas (instead of

water, as current plants do).

Fast reactors are quite different than the reactors

currently operating in the United States. When they run, the

neutrons—subatomic particles that sustain the chain

reaction—are moving with vastly more energy than in

today’s reactors, in some cases with 100,000 times more


Those more energetic neutrons have many

advantages. They can split a much wider variety of atoms to

make energy, including many atoms that were produced in

today’s reactors and would otherwise be considered waste.

They can run reactors that operate at much higher

temperatures than are common today, which would produce

steam that can be used for many more purposes. And many

of those designs would run at far lower pressures, making

them easier and less expensive to build.

There is a catch, though. No one is completely sure

how all of the components of these new reactors would

behave after a few decades in the stew of high-energy

neutrons. And engineers don’t want to wait to find out.

With a simulated environment, engineers can bathe

the components in neutrons at a pace three or four times

faster than they would see in an actual power reactor, pull

the parts out for evaluation, and if necessary, make changes

and try again. This is exactly what the VTR would provide.

“We want to do a quick screening of these

technologies,” said Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, executive

director of the VTR project.

In fact, the reactor could also be used to test

materials for other industries and for materials that could be

useful in today’s reactors.

To prosper, experts say the U.S. needs its own hightech

test facility for fast neutrons.

Article reprinted with permission

of NEI. Read full article here.

Inside NIRMA NIRMA.org Spring 2020 19

Inside NIRMA Magazine is published three times

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Vogtle Unit 3 Reactor Vessel

Cavity, see article on Page 4.

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