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Nuclear Power: Past, Present and Future

Description Sponsored by the BSCES Construction and Younger Member Groups, this dinner meeting features a discussion of the history and direction of the US nuclear power industry
Status Closed
Number of Days 1
Start Time 5:30 PM
Begin Date 12/02/2010
End Date 12/02/2010
Early Reg: 11/30/2010

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Location name: Radisson Hotel Boston
Location phone: 617-482-1800
City: Boston
State: MA
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Nuclear Power: Past, Present and Future
Sponsored by BSCES Construction and Younger Members Group  
James M. Nicholson
Vice President - Senior Director Nuclear Services
The Shaw Group
Radisson Hotel, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA
5:30 PM Social/Registration; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:30 PM Presentation
$55 Members, $65 Non-Members
$50 Public Sector Members, $60 Public Sector Non-Members
$25 Student Members and Senior Members (65+)
The US commercial nuclear power generation industry was born out of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 with the startup of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in 1957. Since that time, the US nuclear fleet has grown to 104 units in 31 States providing about 20 percent of the nation's electrical power.  Beginning in 1997, the first new wave of reactor design certifications were issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Early site permit applications have been submitted beginning 2003 and combined license applications have been submitted since 2007. In 2009, construction began on the first new-build, Vogtle Units 3 and 4, near Augusta, GA, the first new construction in some 20 years.
Presently, the existing nuclear fleet requires ongoing engineering, maintenance and modification services to support daily operations, refueling outages, life/license extensions, materials upgrades, capacity uprates and performance improvements. In 1977 Calvert Cliffs Unit 1 took the first step in modernization by increasing its capacity by 5.5%. Since then, the fleet has gained approval of 130 programs to increase operating capacity. The programs can increase an individual unit's capacity by as much as 20% by measurement uncertainty recapture, stretch and extended power uprates.  
The revised regulatory process has facilitated the emergence of authorized new-build domestic units and has provided engineers with a platform for innovative design and construction methods. The future of the nuclear fleet will rely on the passage of knowledge between seasoned engineers to new engineers in order to maintain the existing fleet and the innovation of new engineers to design safer, cheaper, and faster construction methods for new-build units.
Registration deadline extended until Monday, November 29, 2010
Information/Registration:  You can register to attend this meeting and pay by credit card online by clicking on the Register button above. To register online for an event at the BSCES member rate you must login using your BSCES assigned username and password. If you do not know your BSCES member login information, contact Rich Keenan at 617/305-4110. To process your online payment the billing name and address must match the name and address of the credit card you are using. If you have difficulties registering online contact Faye Nelson at 617/305-4104 or You can also register by contacting Eoin Walsh at Additionally, if you have any dietary restrictions, please e-mail that information to Eoin Walsh.  Cancellations received after November 24, 2010 and no-shows will be billed.
This presentation provides 1.0 Professional Development Contact Hours (PDH)
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