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

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

magazine<br />

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

Get Updated on Vogtle 3 & 4<br />

During <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium from<br />

Keynote Speaker, Dan<br />

Bierbrauer<br />

Transformaons Are<br />

Everywhere<br />

A Message from <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s President<br />

Challenges of Different and Odd<br />

Film<br />

nextScan<br />

Transaconal vs Batch‐Oriented<br />

Capture Methodologies<br />

Integrated Scanning of America<br />

Issue # 14, <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

Contents<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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7<br />

9<br />

11<br />

Transformations Are Everywhere<br />

By Janice Hoerber, <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s President<br />

Challenges of Different and Odd Film?<br />

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

Announcing <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium Keynote Speakers<br />

Transactional vs Batch-Oriented Capture Methodologies<br />

By Manuel Bulwa, Integrated Scanning of America , ISAUSA<br />

13<br />

15<br />

16<br />

18<br />

TMI-Really?<br />

By Bob Larrivee, <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s Director<br />

of Technical Programs<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium Schedule<br />

Chronicles of NIM: A<br />

Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Yang, KISMET<br />

Consulting, Inc.<br />

From the CRM,<br />

The Institute of Certified Records<br />

Managers (ICRM): the History,<br />

the Organization, and its People<br />

By Jerry Lucente-Kirkpatrick<br />

On the Cover: Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle Units 3<br />

and 4 will be the first new nuclear units built in the<br />

United States in more than three decades. The Unit 3<br />

fuel pool is fully loaded with all fuel assemblies<br />

necessary for the safe and reliable startup of Unit 3.<br />

Loading of the Unit 3 Reactor Core is expected to take<br />

place in the coming months. Dan Bierbrauer, Southern<br />

Company Technology Director will be a keynote<br />

speaker at the upcoming Symposium. See Dan’s bio on<br />

page 9.<br />

The cover photo is copyrighted <strong>2022</strong> and is reprinted with the<br />

permission of Georgia Power Company.<br />

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S<br />


ome of the first<br />

transformations were<br />

Digital Transformations<br />

that many of our<br />

organizations embarked upon and<br />

are changing the tools we work<br />

with. Unfortunately, most have not<br />

successfully transformed the<br />

business processes nor the culture<br />

which are key to unlocking the real<br />

value.<br />

Our Nuclear industry is in the<br />

great pursuit of Innovation. We<br />

are all looking to technology to<br />

enhance decisions based on the data<br />

and to eliminate human error. The<br />

roadmaps are often vague (or nonexistent)<br />

which leads to separate<br />

initiatives in our organizations that<br />

struggle to achieve the real value.<br />

There are some success stories<br />

that <strong>NIRMA</strong> has tapped and will be<br />

shared during the August 1-3<br />

Symposium in Las Vegas. Nuclear<br />

is at an inflection point to learn<br />

from the first "wins" and then set<br />

the course for the next-gen of<br />

transformations. It is an exciting<br />

time as we are seeing how the<br />

technologies have advanced in<br />

recent years. The foundation pieces<br />

are coming together like no time<br />

before!<br />

The solution providers are able to<br />

implement products to assist the<br />

Nuclear Renaissance and add value<br />

to our data. For example, early<br />

adopters of technology to perform<br />

predictive maintenance are showing<br />

impressive results. Sure, at first we<br />

may not fully trust what a computer<br />

is telling us. Our predecessors only<br />

dreamed of tools that could forecast<br />

an outage, yet the technology may<br />

finally be here.<br />

There are many more innovations<br />

in motion, some that we will dive<br />

into at the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium,<br />

such as computer-based procedures<br />

and dynamic work instructions. As<br />

we try to leave our paper-based<br />

processes, we will need to think<br />

differently. An example is<br />

transforming away from Microsoft<br />

Word for plant procedures and<br />

instead leveraging software-based<br />

instructions.<br />

So where does <strong>NIRMA</strong> fit into all<br />

of this? Right alongside, providing<br />

the leadership to publish guidance<br />

and eventual standards around these<br />

topics. <strong>NIRMA</strong> was there in full<br />

force when the Nuclear industry<br />

began in the U.S. The young<br />

industry needed well-defined<br />

guidance established and <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

filled the need, especially in Nuclear<br />

Records Management to ensure long<br />

-term retention and retrieval.<br />

Janice Hoerber<br />

Transformations are everywhere!<br />

It is an exciting time<br />

as we are seeing how<br />

the technologies have<br />

advanced in recent<br />

years. The foundation<br />

pieces are coming<br />

together like no time<br />

before!<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> also enabled the<br />

development of an ANSI standard<br />

that is still referenced today for new<br />

projects, ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong> CM 1.0-<br />

2007 (R2021), “Guidelines on<br />

Configuration Management for<br />

Nuclear Facilities.”<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> remains ready and able in<br />

its 46 th year as an association to<br />

serve its members and the future of<br />

the Nuclear industry. I look<br />

forward to an outstanding agenda of<br />

topics and sessions in August.<br />

Please accept my invitation to join<br />

us in Las Vegas!<br />

<strong>2022</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium<br />

August 1-3, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Held at the<br />

JW Marriott Resort and<br />

Spa<br />

Las Vegas, Nevada<br />

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he <strong>2022</strong> Nuclear Information Management<br />

Symposium (August 1-3) at the JW Marriott<br />

Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada is quickly<br />

approaching. We have several brand-new<br />

topics and speakers, as well as our renewed fundamental<br />

sessions lined up for you. We are striving to look<br />

forward knowledge-wise, while still providing the<br />

fundamentals for our newest members. AND we will<br />

be fully back to in-person attendance, giving us all an<br />

opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues<br />

and for the new generation of members to get<br />

personally acquainted with us old timers. Let’s preview<br />

some of the Keynotes (see Page 9 for more details) and<br />

other Sessions (see Page 15 for more details):<br />

<br />

Dr. Bruce Hallbert with the Idaho National<br />

Laboratory (INL) is our kickoff Keynote speaker<br />

addressing “Records, Digitalization, and Innovation:<br />

Vital Partnerships for Competitive Nuclear Power.”<br />

Dan Bierbrauer with Southern Nuclear who will<br />

provide “Vogtle 3&4 Update.”<br />

We will hear sessions on:<br />

<br />


a year-two progress report on our successful<br />

Mentorship Program<br />

43th Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium Keynote Speaker, Waco<br />

Bankston, STP Nuclear Operang Company (2018)<br />

Bruce Walters, CRM/NS<br />

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<br />

the introduction of Special Interest Group for<br />

Emerging Technologies (SIGET) with an array of<br />

sessions, to include Computer Based Procedures at<br />

Nawah Energy Company in the United Arab<br />

Emirates as well as Work Digitalization Initiative at<br />

INL<br />

configuration management<br />

building information modeling to visualize digital<br />

3D models<br />

viability of blockchain for long-term digital<br />

preservation<br />

five different case studies, including the records<br />

management practice at Nawah Energy Company<br />

cyber security<br />

the ever-popular government updates &<br />

benchmarking session<br />

a new electronic signatures benchmarking session,<br />

and others<br />

many fundamentals sessions, including why’s and<br />

what’s of Technical Guidelines (TG’s)<br />

an overview of the Institute of Certified Records<br />

Managers<br />

public speaking<br />

odd film types<br />

two little words (post-pandemic)<br />

and more<br />

We will have speakers from Canada and the United<br />

Arab Emirates, while wishing our Japanese colleagues<br />

could join us, thus expanding our international reach.<br />

Registration for the 46 th annual Symposium is open<br />

on our website (click here). Also, hotel reservations can<br />

be made now. We encourage you to come and<br />

participate with us. Come in time to take an early<br />

Sunday afternoon tour with us to the National Atomic<br />

Testing Museum. This year’s Symposium will be well<br />

worth your while in attending. I am excited to greet you<br />

there IN PERSON!<br />

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Different and Odd<br />

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By Matt Anderson,<br />

Vice President of Marketing, nextScan<br />

A<br />

s Record Managers, you<br />

are very familiar that<br />

records come in all types<br />

of formats, sizes, densities,<br />

colors and more. And while most<br />

are now created with a digital<br />

backup, there are still many<br />

documents on old analog file types.<br />

For the last two decades, the<br />

team of nextScan has been<br />

developing the world’s most<br />

advanced scanning systems for<br />

micrographics. But did you know<br />

the company’s history of imaging<br />

goes back over half a century?<br />

Digital Check, nextScan’s parent<br />

company, has been in the check<br />

imaging industry for the past 25<br />

years and was born from a<br />

company called Microseal. That<br />

company, founded in the 1950s,<br />

would revolutionize the way microdocuments<br />

were stored, from<br />

aperture cards, to film, to fiche,<br />

jackets and more.<br />

This experience with so many<br />

different file types has created the<br />

environment for engineers to<br />

develop different solutions for the<br />

different scanning challenges. For<br />

example, Digital Check check<br />

scanners use a Contact Image<br />

Sensor (CIS) to scan checks and<br />

other bank notes. On the other<br />

hand, nextScan uses line scan<br />

cameras to capture microfilm and<br />

microfiche at high speeds. And<br />

finally, our ST Imaging line of<br />

microfilm scanners use an area<br />

image sensor to capture images one<br />

at a time. As you can see there are<br />

several different ways for images to<br />

be captured. When approached<br />

with a new challenge, we sometimes<br />

need to develop a new technique.<br />

The team at nextScan<br />

really enjoys a<br />

challenge and this was<br />

a big one!<br />

Apex Scanner<br />

A few years back, a United<br />

States government agency<br />

approached nextScan with their<br />

problem. They needed to scan their<br />

archive of aerial film, which was up<br />

to 10+ inches wide and hundreds<br />

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of feet long, with<br />

the goal of<br />

completion by<br />

Continued from previous page. 2030. Their<br />

previous solution<br />

was to scan one section at a time and then stich the<br />

images together. That technology is over 20 years old<br />

and was severely limited to the digital storage<br />

technology of the era. With the time it took to scan<br />

each roll by individually stitching the images together,<br />

there was no chance of completing their mission.<br />

The team at nextScan really enjoys a challenge and<br />

this was a big one! To continuously scan a roll of<br />

10.23” film, to a 4-micron resolution, and capable of<br />

storing all that data. Kurt Breish, lead engineer and<br />

nextScan founder, said, “There are two types of<br />

cameras in our line of work: an area array sensor,<br />

which takes pictures like a normal camera that you or I<br />

would use at home; and a line-scan sensor, which<br />

continually captures single-pixel ‘slices’ of whatever is<br />

moving past it. From our past work with microfilm, we<br />

knew that line-scan was the superior way of digitally<br />

capturing roll film, not only because of its speed, but<br />

because it was continuous – you weren’t left needing to<br />

line up the edge of one picture you took with the start<br />

of the next.”<br />

With the scanning part taken care of, the nextScan<br />

team focused on how we store this massive amount of<br />

data. Thankfully with today’s technology there are<br />

solutions that were not available even a decade ago.<br />

For example, the scanner uses a 25-gigabit Ethernet<br />

cable developed in 2015. And we still have to factor in<br />

data storage. With the amount of information being<br />

Over the next month, take an<br />

inventory of any odd formats you<br />

work with. We welcome you to bring<br />

your challenges [to the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Symposium] to us next month as we<br />

will have Rich Chaney, Vice President<br />

and General Manager of nextScan,<br />

speaking about the different file types<br />

that nextScan has been challenged<br />

with scanning and how our expertise<br />

may be able to help you.<br />

generated, a new configuration of 24 drives in a RAID-<br />

4 array would allow for the capture in real time.<br />

We call our creation Apex. Capable of high-speed,<br />

wide-format scanning of film up to 10.23” in width.<br />

The government agency has received four of their<br />

seven scanners, which will be installed before the end<br />

of the summer.<br />

If you are having trouble with a particular type of<br />

film, there is a good chance a colleague of yours is<br />

experiencing it as well. Over the next month, take an<br />

inventory of any odd formats you work with. We<br />

welcome you to bring your challenges to us next<br />

month as we will have Rich Chaney, Vice President<br />

and General Manager of nextScan, speaking about the<br />

different file types that nextScan has been challenged<br />

with scanning and how our expertise may be able to<br />

help you.<br />

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ANNOUNCING <strong>NIRMA</strong> SYMPOSIUM<br />


Keynote:<br />

Vogtle 3 & 4<br />

Update<br />

Keynote:<br />

Records,<br />

Digitalization, and<br />

Innovation: Vital<br />

Partnerships for<br />

Competitive Nuclear<br />

Power<br />

Dan Bierbrauer<br />

Director, Nuclear Technology Solutions<br />

Southern Company<br />

Dan is currently the Technology Director for<br />

Southern Nuclear. In this role, Dan’s primary<br />

responsibility is to provide leadership and oversight<br />

of the Information Technology department and<br />

ensure alignment of Southern Nuclear strategic<br />

technology initiatives. Most recently, Dan served as<br />

the IT-General Manager for Southern Nuclear and as<br />

the Cyber Security Manager at Vogtle 3&4. Prior to<br />

joining Southern Company in 2013, Dan worked at<br />

Exelon/Constellation for 24 years in various roles of<br />

increasing responsibility in Nuclear Operations,<br />

Maintenance, Engineering, Information Technology,<br />

Cyber Security, Emergency Preparedness, Licensing<br />

and Security. Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree in<br />

Electrical Engineering from the State University of<br />

New York at Buffalo, a Master’s degree in<br />

Management from the State University of New York<br />

at Oswego and a Master’s degree in Information<br />

Technology from Syracuse University. He previously<br />

held a Senior Reactor Operator and Site Nuclear<br />

Engineering Certification. Lastly, Dan remains active<br />

in NITSL and EPRI and also served as the NITSL<br />

Executive Committee Chair in 2019. He currently<br />

resides in the Birmingham Area with his wife, Kendra<br />

and family.<br />

Bruce P. Hallbert, Ph.D.<br />

Director, Technical Integration Office<br />

Light Water Reactor Sustainability<br />

Program, Idaho National Laboratory<br />

Dr. Bruce Hallbert leads the Light Water Reactor<br />

Sustainability Program, a DOE-sponsored multi-<br />

Laboratory multi-disciplinary program that conducts<br />

collaborative research with stakeholders of the<br />

commercial nuclear power industry to sustain US<br />

nuclear power generation assets. Dr. Hallbert has<br />

worked in the international nuclear power industry<br />

serving in a variety of positions of organizational<br />

responsibility, in engineering and safety analysis,<br />

research & development concerning the safety and<br />

efficiency of current and future nuclear energy and<br />

fuel cycle systems and technologies.<br />

46th Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium<br />

August 1-3, <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Transactional vs. Batch-<br />

Oriented Capture<br />

Methodologies<br />

By Manuel Bulwa<br />

Integrated Scanning of America<br />

www.isausa.com<br />

M<br />

ost large volume document capture projects<br />

involve a finite backfile conversion phase (all<br />

file cabinets in the basement) and a lower<br />

volume, day-forward capture phase (daily new<br />

documents) that may last indefinitely. Each is better<br />

served using quite different methodologies and<br />

resources:<br />

<br />

Batch-oriented methodologies are best suited for<br />

the backfile phase, and<br />

Transactional methodologies are the recommended<br />

approach for the day-forward phase.<br />

One of the lessons of more than three decades<br />

courting with the art and science of Document Capture,<br />

was to learn that using the wrong methodology on either<br />

phase has negative consequences impacting capture<br />

integrity, accuracy, deadlines and budgets.<br />

A Transactional Document Capture methodology<br />

applies all workflow tasks to a single document,<br />

frequently by a single operator. Batch-oriented Capture<br />

methodologies, in contrast, process all the documents in<br />

a batch by splitting, deferring and<br />

monitoring workflow tasks<br />

across various operators and<br />

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).<br />

Simplistically, we may use the<br />

analogies of online shopping and<br />

container shipping.<br />

Given its liabilities, costs and<br />

complexities, the backfile phase<br />

is usually outsourced to a<br />

professional Document Capture<br />

Service Provider to be performed<br />

onsite (at client premises) or offsite<br />

(at the service provider plant) for<br />

the duration. The day-forward<br />

phase is virtually always<br />

conducted onsite and operated by user staff without<br />

much need (if any) for support from external SMEs.<br />

The resources best suited for either phase involve<br />

separate hardware, different software, different staff and<br />

distinct training and support. The hardware, software<br />

and trained staff used for the backfile phase are no<br />

longer needed once that phase is completed, so their<br />

procurement is typically via lease, rent or supplied by a<br />

scanning service provider only while needed.<br />

The hardware and software used for the day-forward<br />

phase become part of the cyclical IT infrastructure and<br />

the latest adopted Document Management System<br />

(DMS), which usually provides only Transactional<br />

Capture functionalities with limited or no Batch Capture<br />

functionalities.<br />

Common user mistakes include:<br />

<br />

<br />

failing to differentiate the two phases,<br />

blending their disparate resources, attempting to use<br />

DMS capture functionalities for the backfile phase,<br />

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Connued from previous page.<br />

<br />

underestimating the need for<br />

professional capture subject matter<br />

expertise and<br />

demanding onsite backfile capture even<br />

if better options exist.<br />

DMS or Knowledge Management implementations<br />

involve costly IT infrastructure, software licenses,<br />

professional service fees and ongoing user training and<br />

support, so DMS vendors compete for their share of the<br />

client’s budget against Document Capture Service<br />

Providers. One such vendor tactics (sometimes in<br />

alliance with IT) is to bundle capture as a subordinate<br />

DMS component, which does not work in the best<br />

interest of the user. As the complexities of document<br />

capture are often misunderstood and underappreciated,<br />

users can be ill-advised and get stuck with only the<br />

capture functionalities intrinsic in a DMS.<br />

There are many reasons why a batch methodology<br />

works uniquely well with the backfile phase, but one<br />

dominant reason is its ability to contain Errors and<br />

Omissions (EOs) via checks and balances on data<br />

gathered at various workflow checkpoints throughout a<br />

batch. When analyzing aggregate data at these<br />

checkpoints, patterns emerge and EOs become much<br />

more conspicuous. Workflow datapoints include: boxing<br />

and inventory, manifest, prepping/de-prepping,<br />

batching, scanning, image processing, QC/repair,<br />

classification, coding, indexing, lookups, formatting,<br />

publishing, testing, handling on-demand work in<br />

progress (WIP) requests, deployment, reporting,<br />

submittal and final acceptance.<br />

Each datapoint offers a different perspective of all<br />

metrics of a record as it navigates the workflow, but it all<br />

must fit at the end as in a gigantic puzzle, connecting the<br />

many dots generated. The diverse perspectives play a<br />

role similar to what they do for triangulation in research,<br />

surveying, computer vision, etc. Triangulation is the<br />

combination of at least two or more perspectives,<br />

methodological approaches, data sources, investigators,<br />

or data analysis methods. The intent of using<br />

triangulation is to decrease, negate, or counterbalance<br />

the deficiency of a single strategy, thereby increasing the<br />

ability to interpret the findings.<br />

Batch processing also facilitates the use of smart<br />

redundancies, which further improves containment of<br />

EOs, much the same way double entry accounting helps<br />

contain bookkeeping errors and dual blind data entry<br />

helps contain indexing errors. Redundancies not only<br />

relate to data, as in the case of prepping and de-prepping<br />

documents, where a scanning or de-prepping operator<br />

may “catch” errors committed by a prepping operator.<br />

...clients planning backfile conversions and new<br />

content management software should seriously<br />

consider separate vendors, keeping both projects<br />

cautiously independent from each other, and<br />

differentiating backfile capture methodologies from<br />

day forward scanning.<br />

In summary, clients planning backfile conversions<br />

and new content management software should seriously<br />

consider separate vendors, keeping both projects<br />

cautiously independent from each other, and<br />

differentiating backfile capture methodologies from day<br />

forward scanning.<br />

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By Bob Larrivee<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s Director of Technical Programs<br />

I<br />

n Social media terms, TMI is<br />

the acronym for Too Much<br />

Information. I have always<br />

questioned if there is such a<br />

thing as TMI, or is what we need<br />

more accurate information? When I<br />

was teaching at the Association for<br />

Intelligent Information Management<br />

(AIIM), I would always pose this<br />

question and suggest that the<br />

purpose of Information and Process<br />

Management (IPM) is to deliver the<br />

right information to the right people<br />

at the time it is needed, accurately<br />

and securely.<br />

This became more evident as I<br />

viewed the Netflix Documentary<br />

titled Meltdown: Three Mile Island. (Just<br />

to keep the acronyms flowing, TMI<br />

is used in this documentary to refer<br />

to Three Mile Island. See page 24 for<br />

NEI’s watch guide on the series). I<br />

found it interesting that information<br />

flow throughout this event was<br />

there, but not always the right<br />

information and in some cases, no<br />

information was available as this was<br />

a first of its kind event that had<br />

never been anticipated from a<br />

procedural perspective.<br />

My point in using this reference to<br />

TMI is that we can and have learned<br />

from Three Mile Island that<br />

sometimes too much information is<br />

in fact too much while what we seek<br />

is more accurate information to<br />

make better decisions. This is where<br />

Artificial Intelligence (AI) of today,<br />

combined with strong information<br />

and process management practices<br />

can help reduce the potential for<br />

human error.<br />

This is also<br />

where the new<br />

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

Special Interest<br />

Group on<br />

Emerging<br />

Technologies (SIGET) can aid in<br />

providing guidance in incorporating<br />

advanced and emerging technologies<br />

into information management in the<br />

nuclear industry.<br />

In My View<br />

It is at times, easy to look back at<br />

an incident like TMI and point out<br />

areas where improvement can be<br />

made, but after the fact, is too late. I<br />

must say that given the situation and<br />

information at hand, the folks at<br />

TMI did their best in preventing<br />

what could have been a catastrophic<br />

event using the information and<br />

technology they had available at the<br />

time.<br />

Today, we have more available to<br />

us regarding information and<br />

technology that can and should be<br />

leveraged. As information<br />

professionals, it is our role to<br />

provide the most accurate<br />

information available, and help guide<br />

our organizations in preparing for<br />

the unimaginable. For example,<br />

using robots to enter the radioactive<br />

areas, take readings, and deliver<br />

highly accurate and timely<br />

information back to the operators.<br />

...my intent is to get you<br />

thinking about how we can<br />

better serve our organizations<br />

in addressing information and<br />

process related areas as a<br />

strategic partner and not a<br />

reactive responder.<br />

I know I am not doing this any<br />

justice, but my intent is to get you<br />

thinking about how we can better<br />

serve our organizations in addressing<br />

information and process-related<br />

areas as a strategic partner and not a<br />

reactive responder. I encourage you<br />

to watch the documentary twice,<br />

once for the historical value and<br />

secondly, as an information<br />

professional looking for<br />

opportunities to help prepare your<br />

organizations.<br />

I also encourage you to join me as<br />

we launch the Special Interest Group<br />

at the Symposium in August, and<br />

begin our journey as we look into the<br />

future of technology and plan for<br />

how to incorporate it today.<br />

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Keynote: Dr. Bruce Hallbert, Director, Idaho National Laboratory<br />

Fundamental Sessions include: Electronic Records, Records Management, Document Control,<br />

What are <strong>NIRMA</strong> Technical Guidelines, Public Speaking tips, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Mentoring Program, Utility<br />

Benchmarking Q&A Session<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Lifetime Members & Hans Ebner recipients: Eugene Yang, Rich Giska<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Technical Programs Director: Bob Larrivee & Director Infrastructure: Sheila Pearcy<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Professional Development Business Unit Leads: Lou Rofrano & Gil Brueckner<br />


Vendor Exhibitor Day & Networking event 4:00-6:00 pm<br />

Inaugural <strong>NIRMA</strong> Track: SIGET (Special Interest Group on Emerging Technologies)<br />

New Plant Update: Vogle 3 & 4<br />

Keynote: Dan Bierbrauer, Director, Southern Nuclear<br />

Technical Sessions include: ICRM certifications, Electronic Signatures, Computer-based<br />

Procedures in Abu Dhabi, Dynamic Work Instructions, Configuration Management, Robots,<br />

Digitalization of Work, and Case Study: Radiographs Digitized at Constellation Energy<br />


<strong>NIRMA</strong> Annual Business Meeting & Awards<br />

Technical Sessions include: Government Updates/Benchmarking, Email Case Study, Blockchain<br />

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A Retrospective on Information Management in<br />

Nuclear Power<br />

H<br />

oly Grail. The very term conjures up images of<br />

King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table,<br />

and “the Quest”.<br />

The Eden-like<br />

countryside ruled by<br />

Arthur from the parapets<br />

of Camelot has gone to<br />

rot, and Arthur sends<br />

forth his knights to find<br />

this “holy chalice”, for it<br />

has miraculous powers of<br />

sustenance in infinite<br />

abundance. Thus, from<br />

this legend, emerged the<br />

analogy that a goal of great<br />

significance may be<br />

perceived as a “holy grail” by those seeking it.<br />

For us, the holy grail in the management of<br />

information in operating and maintaining a nuclear<br />

power plant is systems integration. In the nascent<br />

years of the nuclear industry, when a plant was in the<br />

construction phase, each contractor company brought<br />

its own data systems to support their scope of work;<br />

within those systems were gold mines of information,<br />

but siloed with very limited capability to share that<br />

information to gain a view of “the big picture”.<br />

Early in my career, I worked for Middle South<br />

Utilities (now known as Entergy Corporation),<br />

employed by the services subsidiary where the IT<br />

organization was. This was in 1983-84 when Arkansas<br />

Nuclear One (ANO) was operating, Waterford 3 was in<br />

startup, and Grand Gulf was under construction. I was<br />

part of a team that was directed to develop an enterprise<br />

systems model of plant functions, the data, and the<br />

interchange of data between systems. The challenge<br />

was to use this model to compare current information<br />

By Eugene Y. Yang,<br />

Principal Consultant<br />

KISMET Consulting, Inc.<br />

I have been writing a multi-part series on the fundamentals of electronic records management in<br />

the nuclear power industry. The subjects have ranged from regulations and guidance to processing,<br />

authentication, and storage. In this issue, I’ll speak to the topic of systems integration.<br />

systems being used at the plants; it could then be used<br />

as a roadmap on transitioning from construction/<br />

startup mode to operations. This meant figuring out<br />

what systems stayed…and what systems had to go. And<br />

if those systems “went”, where was the data going to go,<br />

and how could the remaining systems “talk to each<br />

other.” We called our model the Power Plant<br />

Management Information System (PPMIS).<br />

Over the decades of plant operations, I’ve seen (and<br />

been part of implementing) information systems that<br />

support areas, such as:<br />

asset management,<br />

supply chain management,<br />

human resources,<br />

plant operations ,<br />

document control and records management.<br />

I’ve seen<br />

diagrams that<br />

depict<br />

integration as<br />

“hub-andspokes”,<br />

“block-andbrick”,<br />

“ballof-yarn”,<br />

“spaghettiandmeatballs”,<br />

and even a<br />

“bagel”.<br />

Concepts for<br />

sharing data ranged anywhere from “pushing-andpulling”<br />

data amongst systems in overnight batches to<br />

huge database schemas (each functional piece dipping<br />

into one big pool of structured<br />

Connued on next page.<br />

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Connued from previous page.<br />

data). That was pretty challenging with data; but what<br />

about content?<br />

(As he eases back in his rocking chair), “Well, sonny,<br />

back in the old days…” Document and records<br />

management systems were constructed to manage<br />

electronic indexes – they started essentially as electronic<br />

versions of the three-ring binders (remember the<br />

procedure indexing book or the calcs indexing log?) to<br />

evolving into general document control and records<br />

management applications. However, the content was<br />

still in paper…that moved on to microfilm; walking by<br />

cubicles was like a hike through the Rockies – stacks of<br />

procedures, drawings, reports, computer printouts, etc.<br />

reaching up to the ceiling. Then scanning technology<br />

came into being, personal computer workstations came<br />

in to the office, and desktop applications created<br />

documents electronically (“born digital”). Now<br />

document control and records management systems<br />

expanded from “mere” indexing applications to major<br />

relational database management systems that trapped<br />

the content as BLOBS…to content management<br />

systems that manage the full lifecycle of electronic<br />

objects, from creation to disposition.<br />

One of the visionary objectives of electronic<br />

recordkeeping is to receive metadata and content from<br />

other applications – directly, without human<br />

intervention.<br />

Getting metadata<br />

transferred from<br />

another<br />

application to<br />

the<br />

recordkeeping<br />

system could be<br />

done in “realtime”<br />

or in<br />

overnight batch<br />

add/update<br />

programs. The complexity increases when dealing with<br />

transferring content: decisions on what is the<br />

information that constitutes “the record”, the file<br />

format of the electronic record (native vs. pdf vs.<br />

pdf/a), associating the content with its related metadata,<br />

and then how near to “real time” is the record to be<br />

posted. Examples of this include:<br />

<br />

“Drop-folders” – the record generating system<br />

creates the appropriate electronic object, places it in<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

a folder on the share drive, and it is manually picked<br />

up and entered into the recordkeeping system;<br />

“Watched folders” – the record generating system<br />

creates the appropriate electronic object, places it in<br />

a folder on the share drive, an XML file is created<br />

that contains the metadata. The record generating<br />

system has a “polling” mechanism that watches for<br />

items in that folder; if it finds them, it then scoops<br />

them up, using the XML file to create the index and<br />

then attaching the electronic object;<br />

Use of APIs – a set of Application Programming<br />

Interface code that has a series of functions (GET,<br />

INPUT, IMPORT, etc.) where the record<br />

generating system uses to call out to the<br />

recordkeeping system to perform – there is still a<br />

need for scratch space to temporarily house the<br />

rendered object, then the API messages the<br />

recordkeeping system to do its job. Each record<br />

generating system has to access this API to<br />

communicate with the recordkeeping system.<br />

SOA – Service Oriented Architecture – this<br />

provides an independent structure for the APIs that<br />

communicate with the recordkeeping system. In<br />

other words, instead of each record generating<br />

system having to have the API set with its<br />

respective boundaries, SOA provides a common<br />

“bus” that any system can communicate with.<br />

As we gain further capabilities in information<br />

technologies (increase processing power, bigger<br />

bandwidth, messaging technologies), the integration –<br />

or interoperability – of systems will improve. The<br />

danger is what happens in a disruption – power outage,<br />

data corruption, etc.? The systems will be so intertwined<br />

that the interactions between systems will stall out and<br />

the overall scheme will come crashing down. We shall<br />

see!<br />

Eugene has been a member of<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> for 35 years. At the time<br />

he joined, <strong>NIRMA</strong> had only been in<br />

existence for 11 years. He would<br />

love to hear about stories and<br />

anecdotes from others, so please email<br />

him at<br />

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

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From the CRM<br />

The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM):<br />

the History, the Organization and its People<br />

T<br />

he Institute of Certified<br />

Records Managers (ICRM) was incorporated in<br />

1975 as an international certifying organization of<br />

and for professional Records and Information<br />

Managers, established by their peers. The original need<br />

that led to the creation of the ICRM was a standard by<br />

which Records Managers were measured, accredited,<br />

and recognized for their experience and capability.<br />

More than 45 years later, the organization and the<br />

credentials remain a valuable part of the Records and<br />

Information Management (RIM) community, an<br />

expanding interdisciplinary, global and diverse<br />

constituency.<br />

The ICRM is governed by the Board of Regents,<br />

composed of the following elected, fully volunteer<br />

positions: Chair of the Board, President, President-<br />

Elect/Treasurer, Regent for Exam Development,<br />

Regent for Exam Administration and Grading, Regent<br />

of Applicant and Member Relations, Regent of<br />

Legislation and Appeals, and the Regent of Marketing<br />

and Communications. Other leadership positions<br />

include the Chair of the Mentoring Committee, Chair of<br />

the Strategic Alliance Committee, Webmaster, and<br />

Newsletter Editor.<br />

The Regent of Exam Administration and<br />

Grading, Melissa Dederer, CRM, is responsible for<br />

everything related to the administration and grading of<br />

exams, which is now done online. More information on<br />

the certifications offered by the ICRM is below. The<br />

Regent of Applicant and Member Relations, Patricia<br />

Burns, CRM, manages the processing of eligible<br />

candidates for taking exams, and all activities related to<br />

the Certification Management Program and Certification<br />

Maintenance Points (CMPs), and member status.<br />

The ICRM has six (6) Committees, each governed<br />

by one of the above-mentioned Regents, and detailed as<br />

follows:<br />

By Jerry Lucente-Kirkpatrick<br />

The Regent of<br />

Legislation and<br />

Appeals, Brian Starck,<br />

CRM, IGP, CIP,<br />

oversees the Appeals<br />

Committee. As such,<br />

Brian manages all<br />

candidate appeals<br />

related to the exams, in addition to updating<br />

organizational procedures and By-laws, as directed by<br />

the Board.<br />

The next two Committees fall under the leadership<br />

of Sara Sherwood, CRM, and Regent for Exam<br />

Development. Sarah is responsible for the<br />

development and content of the examinations for<br />

Certified Records Analyst (CRA) and Certified Records<br />

Manager (CRM). As such, Sarah administers the Exam<br />

Development Committee, which reviews, updates,<br />

and revises the exam outlines and exam question in the<br />

exam database. Sara also administers the Exam Prep<br />

Product Committee, responsible for developing the<br />

exam preparation materials used during pre-conference<br />

sessions at RIM Conferences, such as ARMA<br />

International, ARMA Canada, MER, and others.<br />

In addition to the CRA and CRM exams, there are<br />

also three Specialty Designations:<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

CRM-Federal Specialist (FS), associated with the<br />

National Archives and Records Administration<br />

(NARA),<br />

CRM-Nuclear Specialist (NS), associated with the<br />

Nuclear Information and Records Management<br />

Association (<strong>NIRMA</strong>), and<br />

CRM-Certified Information Governance Officer<br />

(CIGO). The CIGO is a reseller agreement<br />

executed with Robert Smallwood. CIGO was<br />

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designed to reflect an individual who earns the<br />

CIGO designation under the certification program,<br />

and has demonstrated their knowledge of<br />

Information Governance.<br />

The Marketing Committee, Newsletter, and the<br />

Webmaster fall under the management of Jerry Lucente<br />

-Kirkpatrick, CRM, IGP, and Regent of Marketing<br />

and Communications. The Committee assists the<br />

ICRM through social media marketing and<br />

communication, via the website, develops marketing<br />

opportunities, and ensures booths at events are staffed<br />

and swag is available for handouts to those visiting the<br />

ICRM Booth. The Newsletter was revived in 2021, is<br />

published bi-monthly, and is led by Editor, Peter<br />

Kurilecz, CRM. Peter is responsible for the continuing<br />

content of the Newsletter, oversees staff interviewers<br />

and writers, making the final determination of what gets<br />

published, and related operations of this publication.<br />

The Webmaster, Angel Ramos, CRM, maintains the<br />

website by publishing new content, revising existing<br />

content, and removing outdated content, and works<br />

closely with Prolydian, the ICRM’s technology provider.<br />

The Mentoring Committee is chaired by Deborah<br />

Robbins, CRM, and is the first point of contact for<br />

candidates who are interested in the assistance of a<br />

Mentor while they prepare for Parts 1-6. This<br />

Committee maintains current lists of approved Mentors<br />

and eligible Mentees, ensuring that contact information<br />

is up-to-date, provides access to mentoring guidance and<br />

study materials for Mentors, and accurately records all<br />

Mentor and Mentee activity in support of the mentoring<br />

program.<br />

There is also the Strategic Alliance Committee<br />

(SAC), chaired by Rae Lynn Haliday, MBA, CRM/<br />

CIGO, which was featured as an article in an earlier<br />

edition of <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>. I will allow that article to<br />

speak to the complexities of the SAC.<br />

If you would like to know more about the ICRM,<br />

please feel free to follow us on;<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Facebook (@instituteofcertifiedrecordsmanagers),<br />

Twitter (@ICRM_crms), and/or<br />

LinkedIn (ICRM – Institute of Certified Records<br />

Managers), or<br />

visit our website at icrm.org<br />

We look forward to talking with you soon.<br />


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Professional Development<br />

Business Unit (PDBU) News<br />

Lou Rofrano, PDBU Director<br />

I<br />

t's time to plan activities for<br />

the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium.<br />

The tentative schedule will<br />

be posted to <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s<br />

website. You’re sure to find an<br />

interesting topic! Regardless of<br />

where you are in the industry--<br />

whether utility, government,<br />

engineering, construction, IT, etc.,<br />

there is a session you will find<br />

interesting. This is also an<br />

opportunity to meet with leading<br />

industry vendors, as well as peers<br />

across the industry where you can<br />

share knowledge and experience.<br />

Get Involved!<br />

While at the Symposium, take the<br />

opportunity to get involved with the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> business units. On<br />

Thursday, August 4, each business<br />

unit will meet to conduct normal<br />

business and to plan for the next<br />

year. Attendees are welcome to<br />

attend! Consider becoming involved<br />

in a business unit. It's a great way to<br />

engage with <strong>NIRMA</strong> members and<br />

contribute to the organization. Most<br />

business units meet once a month<br />

for about an hour, so the time<br />

commitment is small.<br />

Consider attending the<br />

Professional Development Business<br />

Unit (PDBU) meeting, which plans<br />

to meet on Thursday, August 4 (time<br />

to be announced).<br />

If you have had ideas about the<br />

things that <strong>NIRMA</strong> should be doing<br />

to add additional value to the<br />

members or something we could be<br />

doing to support the industry, then<br />

Your voice is<br />

important and,<br />

clearly, working<br />

with a business unit<br />

is a great way for<br />

you to be heard and<br />

make good things<br />

happen.<br />

being part of the business units is<br />

how to make it happen. The<br />

business units work hard to<br />

implement both the ideas that come<br />

from the Board but also from<br />

individual members as well.<br />

Your voice is important and,<br />

clearly, working with a business unit<br />

is a great way for you to be heard<br />

and make good things happen.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> and ICRM<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> maintains a relationship<br />

with the Institute of Certified<br />

Records Managers (ICRM). ICRM is<br />

an international certifying body for<br />

records managers that began the<br />

process of issuing the Certified<br />

Records Manager (CRM)<br />

designation in 1975 (see article on<br />

Page 18). This organization and the<br />

credentials it offers remain a<br />

valuable part of the Records and<br />

Information Management<br />

Community. This year, the ICRM<br />

team will host a virtual ICRM Exam<br />

Prep session the week after the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> conference (August 8-10,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>). For more information about<br />

the ICRM Exam Prep sessions, and<br />

to register for a session, click here to<br />

visit the ICRM website.<br />

The PDBU looks forward to<br />

seeing you at the Symposium!<br />

Register to attend the<br />

Virtual ICRM Exam<br />

Prep session, to be<br />

held the week after<br />

the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conference<br />

(August 8-10, <strong>2022</strong>).<br />

For more<br />

information about<br />

the ICRM Exam<br />

Prep sessions, and to<br />

register for a session,<br />

click here to visit the<br />

ICRM website.<br />

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(M&M) Business Unit News<br />

I<br />

wanted to get a reminder out<br />

to you. Time is running out<br />

to get registered by July 1 and<br />

enjoy this opportunity to tour<br />

the National Atomic Testing<br />

Museum on Sunday, July 31. The<br />

shuttle will leave the JW Marriott at<br />

11:30am. The tour takes<br />

approximately 2 hours, so the shuttle<br />

will return to the JW Marriott at<br />

approximately 3:30pm. Members<br />

can attend for $10.00. The shuttle<br />

will be paid for by <strong>NIRMA</strong>. Family<br />

members are welcome to participate<br />

in the tour, but they will need to<br />

provide their own mode of<br />

transportation to and from the<br />

Museum. Non-member tickets will<br />

be full price. The shuttle holds 27<br />

people. If we don’t get that many<br />

members signing up for the tour,<br />

family members may be allowed to<br />

ride on the shuttle. Sarah Perkins at<br />

nirma@nirma.org will contact you<br />

after you register for the symposium<br />

to ask if you would like to attend the<br />

tour.<br />

National Atomic Test Museum<br />

visitors will:<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Learn about world events leading<br />

up to the establishment of the<br />

Nevada Test Site.<br />

Learn about the progression of<br />

the Test Site from the aboveground<br />

tests to underground<br />

tests and non-nuclear activities.<br />

See a replica of the Control Point<br />

where the countdown was<br />

conducted before each nuclear<br />

detonation.<br />

Experience a Ground Zero<br />

Theater simulation of an aboveground<br />

test.<br />

Reflect on the history of atomic<br />

testing and its relevance to<br />

national security and<br />

international stability.<br />

M&MBU is looking for new<br />

members to help come up with new<br />

ideas to bring new members to<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>, as well as new ideas of how<br />

Kathi Cole, CRM<br />

M&MBU Director<br />

to share everyone’s expertise with<br />

the membership. M&MBU meets<br />

the first Wednesday of every month<br />

for one hour at 12:00 PM CT.<br />

Please join us. We are a fun group<br />

to work with.<br />

Please contact nirma@nirma.org<br />

for additional information or<br />

questions on anything mentioned<br />

above.<br />

Lona Smith<br />

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

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s Financial Holdings<br />

as of June 9, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Checking Account $56,622.44<br />

Debit Account $ 383.75<br />

Investment Account $89,226.17<br />

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Regulatory Information<br />

Management Business Unit (RIMBU)<br />

News<br />

New Technical Guide Published<br />

T<br />

he RIMBU team successfully completed and<br />

published TG24-<strong>2022</strong> at the end of May. The<br />

new TG is on the development of procurement<br />

specifications for digitization services. A lot of<br />

work went into the creation of this document which is<br />

aimed at helping those in the industry looking to work<br />

with vendors on media conversion. Aging microform<br />

and the continued push for information to be available<br />

at the click of a button is pushing many of us to take on<br />

large media conversion projects. TG24 contains<br />

information and suggestions for quality control, media<br />

preparation, onsite vs. offsite digitization services,<br />

outputs, and storage/delivery mediums. Several of our<br />

legacy members, including those who have recently<br />

undergone a conversion project, provided guidance and<br />

insight for the document. TG24 is now available on the<br />

SharePoint site for use by the <strong>NIRMA</strong> membership.<br />

RIMBU <strong>2022</strong> <strong>Summer</strong> Meeting<br />

The RIMBU team will hold our annual <strong>Summer</strong><br />

meeting on August 4th and 5th following the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Symposium. Topics up for discussion are:<br />

Stephanie Price, RIMBU Director<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Industry Foundation Class (IFC) file format for 3D<br />

Models<br />

The Four TGs on Electronic Records Management<br />

A white paper on the value proposition of records<br />

management for emerging technologies<br />

How records management can help our<br />

organizations leverage AI and Robotic Process<br />

Automation while still capturing and managing<br />

important data<br />

Identification of new types of data needing to be<br />

captured for mobile reactors and NextGen<br />

technology<br />

How can we broaden our involvement with other<br />

organizations (e.g., AIIM, ASME, ARMA, NITSL)<br />

The summer meeting is open to everyone. RIMBU is<br />

a great opportunity to benchmark with others in the<br />

industry, share valuable operating experience, and have<br />

the opportunity to influence industry standard guidance<br />

in records management. If you’re interested in joining,<br />

please reach out to me at sjprice@southernco.com.<br />

And now we are on YouTube!<br />

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World Nuclear Energy Day is on<br />

Dec. 2, and the day marks a global<br />

celebration of nuclear energy and<br />

the people who make it happen.<br />

The recognition is well deserved, as<br />

the industry works to decarbonize<br />

the electricity sector and develop<br />

innovative, game-changing<br />

technologies. This year’s world<br />

nuclear energy day celebrates the<br />

theme “nuclear in the<br />

neighborhood.”<br />

This is appropriate, as nuclear<br />

energy’s benefits reach<br />

neighborhoods across the world in a<br />

variety of ways—from medicine to<br />

agriculture to space missions.<br />

As the world seeks to reduce its<br />

CO2 emissions and transition to<br />

clean energy, we are faced with the<br />

challenge of powering the world to<br />

net zero. Nuclear power plants<br />

provide many benefits to the<br />

communities where they are built,<br />

including lasting, high-paying jobs.<br />

Each plant currently operating<br />

employs 500 to 800 workers, and<br />

for every 100 nuclear power plant<br />

jobs, 66 more jobs are created in the<br />

local community for people from a<br />

wide range of fields and educational<br />

backgrounds.<br />

The industry also employs a large<br />

number of veterans, as recent<br />

surveys show that the workforce at<br />

nuclear utilities is almost 20 percent<br />

veterans.<br />

In addition to creating work for<br />

multiple generations of workers,<br />

salaries in the industry are 50<br />

percent higher on average than<br />

those of other electricity generation<br />

sources.<br />

Because nuclear power plants are<br />

a great source of economic<br />

prosperity, there were multiple<br />

communities vying to be the<br />

location of a U.S. Department of<br />

Energy (DOE) advanced reactor<br />

demonstration project (ARDP) by<br />

TerraPower and Pacificorp.<br />

Earlier this year, TerraPower and<br />

Pacificorp announced a partnership<br />

to advance the Natrium nuclear<br />

demonstration project at the site of<br />

a coal plant scheduled for<br />

retirement in Wyoming, offering a<br />

solution to efficiently and<br />

economically bridge the nation’s<br />

energy transition as coal plants<br />

retire.<br />

It is vitally important to reduce<br />

emissions, but closing any major<br />

power plant can harm communities<br />

that have come to rely on the jobs<br />

and tax revenues those plants<br />

provide. Nuclear energy can solve<br />

that problem.<br />

“The energy communities that<br />

have powered us for generations<br />

have real opportunities to power<br />

our clean energy future<br />

through projects just like<br />

this one, that provide<br />

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Continued from previous page.<br />

good-paying jobs and usher in the<br />

next wave of nuclear<br />

technologies,” said Secretary of<br />

Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in<br />

a TerraPower press release.<br />

The companies evaluated four<br />

potential locations, and all four<br />

communities leaned forward into<br />

the process, expressing their strong<br />

interest in the project.<br />

They recently selected the<br />

Naughton Power Plant in<br />

Kemmerer, Wyoming, where two<br />

coal units are scheduled to retire in<br />

2025, as the preferred site for the<br />

Natrium reactor.<br />

According to TerraPower,<br />

approximately 2,000 workers will<br />

be needed for construction at the<br />

project’s peak, and once the plant<br />

is operational, approximately 250<br />

people will directly support day-today<br />

activities.<br />

“On behalf of Kemmerer and<br />

surrounding communities, we are<br />

pleased and excited to host the<br />

Natrium demonstration project.<br />

This is great for Kemmerer and<br />

great for Wyoming,” said Bill<br />

Thek, the mayor of Kemmerer.<br />

The coal to nuclear<br />

transition demonstrates how<br />

nuclear can impact local<br />

communities, while nuclear energy<br />

works around-the-clock to provide<br />

reliable, carbon-free energy<br />

to neighborhoods across the<br />

nation.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of NEI.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

Netflix is set to release a four-part<br />

docuseries this week about the<br />

accident in 1979 at the Three Mile<br />

Island (TMI) nuclear facility near<br />

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The<br />

accident caused fear, stress, and<br />

confusion, made worse by<br />

misinformation—which is why it is<br />

important to know the facts.<br />

The accident was caused by a<br />

combination of equipment failure<br />

and the inability of plant operators<br />

to understand the reactor’s<br />

condition at certain times during the<br />

event. A gradual loss of cooling<br />

water to the reactor’s heatproducing<br />

core led to partial melting<br />

and the release of a small amount of<br />

radioactive material.<br />

Although it had no detectable<br />

health effects on plant workers or<br />

the public, this was the most serious<br />

accident in U.S. commercial nuclear<br />

power plant operating history. It is<br />

important to note as you watch the<br />

drama unfold, that the United<br />

States’ nuclear industry has an<br />

undeniable track record of safety<br />

and is known for its standards of<br />

excellence, transparency, and<br />

demonstrated ability to improve.<br />

The accident was taken seriously,<br />

and as you watch, it is important to<br />

remember that actions were taken<br />

by the regulator and the industry to<br />

implement solutions that correct the<br />

issues that contributed to the<br />

accident.<br />

Here are the key facts.<br />

1. Scientists Found No Injuries,<br />

Deaths, or Health Effects at or<br />

Around the Plant.<br />

No one at the nuclear facility was<br />

harmed in the accident, and more<br />

than a dozen epidemiological<br />

studies conducted by medical<br />

experts have concluded that the<br />

amount of radiation released into<br />

the atmosphere was too small to<br />

result in discernible direct health<br />

effects to the population in the<br />

vicinity of the plant. In fact,<br />

exposure to radiation during a<br />

chest x-ray is six times higher than<br />

the average amount of elevated<br />

radiation exposure around the<br />

plant.<br />

Connued on next page.<br />

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2. Three Mile Island Was Shut<br />

Down.<br />

A clean-up plan was developed<br />

and carried out safely and<br />

successfully. Three Mile Island<br />

was decommissioned and today is<br />

in long-term monitored storage.<br />

3. The Industry Responded Swiftly<br />

and Effectively.<br />

The aftermath of the accident<br />

brought about sweeping<br />

changes involving emergency<br />

response planning, reactor<br />

operator training, human factors<br />

engineering, radiation protection,<br />

and many other areas of nuclear<br />

power plant operations. Two<br />

weeks after the accident,<br />

President Jimmy Carter appointed<br />

a 12-member commission to<br />

investigate what happened. The<br />

commission’s report<br />

recommended that the industry<br />

develop its own standards of<br />

excellence and cited a need for<br />

agency-accredited training<br />

institutions for nuclear plant<br />

operators. Within nine months,<br />

the industry had formed the<br />

Institute of Nuclear Power<br />

Operations (INPO), whose<br />

mission is to promote the highest<br />

levels of safety and reliability. To<br />

improve training, INPO in 1985<br />

formed the National Academy for<br />

Nuclear Training, which reviews<br />

and accredits nuclear utilities’<br />

training programs for all key plant<br />

positions. Today, the U.S.<br />

nuclear industry is performing at<br />

the highest levels of safety and<br />

reliability in the world.<br />

4. Nuclear Is One of the Safest<br />

Sources of Energy.<br />

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

the safest and most<br />

secure industrial facilities in the<br />

country. The risk of accidents in<br />

today’s nuclear power plants is<br />

very low, and nuclear plants are<br />

held to several layers of oversight,<br />

the most notable being the U.S.<br />

Nuclear Regulatory Commission<br />

(NRC). The safety of employees<br />

and communities in which plants<br />

operate is the top priority. An<br />

analysis done by Our World In<br />

Data found that nuclear energy<br />

and renewables are “far far safer<br />

than fossil fuels,” and that<br />

“contrary to popular belief,<br />

nuclear power has saved lives by<br />

displacing fossil fuels.”<br />

Nuclear power today is the U.S.’<br />

largest source of carbon-free<br />

electricity. Nuclear energy<br />

produces carbon-free power<br />

24/7/365, will help us achieve a<br />

carbon-free future while continuing<br />

to provide clean air, reliable energy,<br />

high-paying jobs, and world-class<br />

safety standards<br />


Article reprinted with permission<br />

of NEI. Read full article here.<br />

Bruce Power to study<br />

‘pink’ hydrogen from<br />

curtailed nuclear power<br />

Canada’s Bruce Power is<br />

planning to produce carbon-free<br />

hydrogen via nuclear power, socalled<br />

‘pink’ hydrogen, in one of<br />

the first projects of its kind.<br />

The operator runs the second<br />

largest nuclear power station in the<br />

world, an eight-reactor plant<br />

which, when in full operation, has<br />

a capacity of 6,400 MW and<br />

supplies almost a third of the<br />

province of Ontario’s electricity.<br />

The plant is in the midst of a 13-<br />

year, multi-billion-dollar<br />

refurbishment and Major<br />

Component Replacement project<br />

(MCR) which aims to gradually<br />

exchange older systems in the<br />

company’s eight reactors, will<br />

secure the site’s operation until<br />

2064 and, potentially, raise the<br />

plant’s capacity to over 7,000 MW<br />

in the 2030s. Bruce Power have<br />

begun to look at how the plant can<br />

extend its role in the energy<br />

transition.<br />

“The challenge to get to net zero<br />

is so immense & to say we need<br />

every tool in the toolbox is the<br />

understatement of the day,” says<br />

Executive VP, Operational<br />

Services & Chief Development<br />

Officer at Bruce Power James<br />

Scongack.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Reuters. Read full article here.<br />

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Entergy’s Palisades team<br />

finishes strong as facility<br />

shuts down<br />

Control room operators at Entergy’s Palisades<br />

Power Plant safely removed the nuclear reactor from<br />

service for the final time on May 20. The plant was<br />

originally scheduled to permanently shut down on May<br />

31, but after careful monitoring, operators made the<br />

conservative decision to shut down the plant early due<br />

to the performance of a control rod drive seal. The<br />

final shut down marks the end of more than 50<br />

successful years of safe, secure,<br />

and reliable generation of clean,<br />

carbon-free electricity at<br />

Palisades, which began<br />

commercial operation in 1971.<br />

Following the safe removal of<br />

used fuel from the reactor, the<br />

facility will be transferred to<br />

Holtec International for purposes<br />

of a safe and timely<br />

decommissioning, under the<br />

terms of an agreement between<br />

Entergy and Holtec International.<br />

“The enduring legacy of<br />

Palisades is the thousands of men<br />

and women who safely, reliably,<br />

and securely operated the plant,<br />

helping power Southwest<br />

Michigan homes and businesses<br />

for more than 50 years,” said Darrell Corbin, site vice<br />

president. “We refer to a credo at Palisades: ‘Palisades<br />

Proud.’ Thanks to the pride, professionalism, and hard<br />

work of our 600-member team, we finished Palisades<br />

Proud. We are also grateful to the local community for<br />

its support of the plant and for the strong partnership<br />

we have enjoyed all these years.”<br />

The shutdown completes a remarkable operating<br />

history for the 800-megawatt facility. The facility shut<br />

down after continuously generating electricity for 577<br />

days since it was last refueled – a site and world record<br />

production run for a plant of its kind. Palisades<br />

remains ranked in the U.S. NRC’s highest safety<br />

category and is regarded by its peers as one of the top<br />

performers in the industry.<br />

Entergy Employees at Palisades<br />

Power Plant<br />

Following Entergy’s shutdown<br />

announcement in 2017, Entergy<br />

made several commitments to its<br />

employees at Palisades, including:<br />

Palisades Operator Danny Wright safely<br />

takes the unit off the power grid for the<br />

final me. The enduring legacy of Palisades<br />

is thousands of men and women who safely,<br />

reliably and securely operated the<br />

plant, powering Southwest Michigan<br />

homes and businesses for over 50 years.<br />

Any employee willing to<br />

relocate to another Entergy<br />

facility would be provided a job<br />

for which they were qualified.<br />

As part of the company’s sale<br />

agreement with Holtec<br />

International, the new owner of<br />

the plant post-shutdown will hire<br />

approximately 260 current<br />

employees for the first phase of<br />

decommissioning.<br />

Approximately 180 employees will separate from<br />

the company; more than half of those employees are<br />

retirement eligible.<br />

In December 2021, the NRC approved the request to<br />

transfer the license from Entergy to Holtec<br />

International for purposes of the safe and timely<br />

decommissioning of Palisades.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

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46th Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Symposium<br />

August 1-3, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Click here<br />

to register.

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