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Deployment - Pacific Norwest


August 27-28, 2019 | PNNL-Discovery Hall


Detailed Advance Agenda




Morning Plenary


8:30 AM


Dr. Steven Ashby


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


The Honorable Matt Boehnke 

8th Legislative District 

Washington State


The Honorable Robert Thompson


City of Richland, Washington

9:00 AM

Stage Setter: U.S. & Global Nuclear Energy Landscape

Dr. James Conca

Contributing Columnist, Energy & Nuclear 


Chief Technical Officer

UFA Ventures, Inc.

9:30 AM

Opportunity: Advanced Nuclear on the Move


Mr. Spain Abney

Senior Reactor Operator Manager

NuScale Power


Dr. Francesco Venneri

Chief Executive Officer

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation


10:15 AM


10:45 AM

Pacific Northwest Supplier Perspective

Mr. Bradley Dunkin


Advanced Manufacturing Solutions


Chairman, USNIC Manufacturing & Supply Chain Working Group

11:15 AM

Opportunity: The U.S. Decommissioning Market


Mr. Jay Brister

Vice President, Business Development 



Vice-Chair USNIC D&D Task Force

11:45 AM

Opportunity: DOE Environmental Management Perspective 

Mr. Brian Vance 

Manager, Hanford Office of River Protection & Richland Operations Office

U.S. Department of Energy


12:15 PM



Afternoon Plenary


1:15 PM

View from the Pacific Northwest

Dr. Mark Nutt

Manager, Nuclear Market Sector



Mr. Carl Adrian 



2:00 PM

Elements for Success: Human Capital

Ms. Amy Lientz

Director of Energy Industry Supply Chain

Idaho National Laboratory

2:30 PM

Elements for Success: Regulatory Compliance - Export Controls

Ms. Katie Strangis

Senior Policy Advisor, Nonproliferation & International Security



3:00 PM


3:30 PM

Elements for Success: Managing Export Control

Mr. Alex Polonsky


Morgan Lewis

4:00 PM

Elements for Success: "Safety Culture" & The NRC's Requirements Under 10 CFR Part 21


Ms. Jane Accomando
Morgan Lewis


4:30 PM

Advanced Manufacturing/Sold Phase Processing Manufacturing For Nuclear


Dr. Cynthia Powell

Director, Energy Processes & Materials Division



5:00 PM



6:00 PM

Networking Reception Sponsored by USNIC & TRIDEC


Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery
16304 Dallas Rd, Richland, WA 99352







8:30 AM

Congressional Perspective

Ms. Raquel Ferrell Crowley 

Central Washington Director

Office of Senator Patty Murray


Mr. Rick Evans

Central Washington Outreach Director

Office of Senator Maria Cantwell


Mr. Josh Lozano 

Deputy District Director

Office of Congressman Dan Newhouse

9:00 AM

Stage Setter: Pacific Northwest Power Industry Perspective

Mr. Greg Cullen

Director, Generation and Technology Development

Energy Northwest

9:30 AM

Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear  Initiatives

Dr. John Jackson

Acting Director, GAIN

GAIN Technical Interface/NSUF Industry Program Lead

Idaho National Laboratory

10:00 AM

Opportunity: Versatile Test Reactor

Dr. Eric Loewen

Chief Consulting Engineer

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy


10:30 AM


10:50 AM

Opportunity: Fuel Manufacturing & Future Fuel Supply


Mr. Jeff Whitt

Director of Government Services

Government Operations & Advanced Reactors


11:20 AM

Subsequent License Renewal

Mr. David Blee

President & CEO


11:50 PM

First Mover Customers

Mr. Tay Stevenson 


Envoy Public Labs


12:20 PM




Participants in Ready4Nuclear: Deployment - Pacific Northwest have the option to take part in the following tours. Participants may choose up to two tours, a 1:30 PM tour and 3:30 PM tour. The Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF) tour and the NuScale Control Room Simulator tour both require advance registration by Aug. 21. 


Please note that participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from each tour. 


Tour Options:

1:30 PM

Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF)

FMEF is recognized as a highly valuable asset that would be very expensive to replicate.  The facility was designed to support the United States' breeder reactor program by manufacturing large quantities of plutonium-oxide fuels and to manipulate, disassemble and inspect irradiated fuel assemblies.  It was never used and no hazardous or radioactive materials have ever been introduced to the facility, leaving it well-suited for future work in advanced fuels R&D and manufacturing.*

*This facility requires Department of Energy badging.  Please RSVP for this tour by no later than Wednesday, August 21.

1:30 PM

Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology Programs

Columbia Basin College works with the local nuclear industry to offer students the ability to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nuclear Technology with three emphasis areas to choose from:

  • Instrumentation & Control Technician

  • Non-Licensed Nuclear Operator

  • Radiation Protection Technician

Faculty teaching in the Nuclear Technology program all work in industry and teach classes related to their areas of specialization.

Tour participants will also learn about Columbia Basin College's Industrial Health & Safety Technology program, which is co-located with Nuclear Technology.

Address: 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301

3:30 PM

NuScale Control Room Simulator

Participants will learn about NuScale's innovative plan for operating all 12 Small Modular Reactor (SMR) modules from one control room at the company's control room simulator based in Richland, WA.

Address: 1933 Jadwin Ave., Suite 130, Richland, WA 99354

3:30 PM

United Association Local 598 Training Center

Visitors will learn about the instructional programs offered at the United Association (UA) of Plumbers & Steamfitter's Joint Apprenticeship Training Center in Pasco, WA.  This center offers a 5-year, 10,000 hour world-class training program which encompasses all aspects of plumbing and pipefitting, including nuclear-grade welding, instrumentation & controls, and rigging.  UA members who complete this training are often dispatched to work at commercial nuclear facilities across the country.

Address: 1328 Rd 28, Pasco, WA 99301


Deployment - Pacific Northwest

August 27-28, 2019

PNNL - Richland, WA

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