Future meeting dates
In-Person meetings are currently on hiatus due to Coronavirus.
2021 Zoom meeting dates are to be determined.
November 18, 2020 - Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar - President ANS
We were fortunate to have ANS National President, Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar give a presentation entitled, Where is the Love? Why isn’t Nuclear Power Embraced as THE Clean Energy Source?
September 16, 2020, A Broad-ranging Look at the Nuclear Community and the State of Nuclear.
Zoom meeting, Craig Piercy, CEO American Nuclear Society, “A Broad-ranging Look at the Nuclear Community and the State of Nuclear.” An overarching view of nuclear today, the state of nuclear in the modern world, and how the nuclear community is doing at-large.
June 17, 2020 Annual Meeting and Presentation on Climate Change Emergency
Our Annual SDANS meeting was held on Zoom starting at 6:30 PM on June 17. We started with a business meeting, including the election of officers and executive committee for July 2020 through June 2021.
Our speaker was Vojin Joksimovich, speaking on “Climate Change Emergency vs. Nuclear Power”. Vojin has more than 45 years of experience in nuclear safety, risk assessment and risk management and is a member of our San Diego Section. Link to his presentation below.
May 14, 2020 Climate change presentation to WAC
Our long-time member Mehdi Sarram was the speaker for a Zoom meeting of the San Diego World Affairs Council. He presented a talk about fighting climate change with nuclear power and renewable energy. Link to his presentation below.
January 22, 2020 - Making Nuclear Cool Again
Steven Curtis, past president of the Las Vegas sections of both the Health Physics Society and the American Nuclear Society. He spoke about “Moving Nuclear Forward through Recycling Commercial Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF)”
A link to his presentation is appended below.
February 19, 2020, Songs Decomissioning Update
Manuel Camargo; Principal Manager, Strategic Planning SONGS Decommissioning
Southern California Edison
Link to his presentation below
November 20, 2019 Ron Pontes, San Onofre Decommissioning Project
Synopsis: On October 17, 2019 the California Coastal Commission approved Southern California Edison’s (SCE) coastal development permit (CDP) for SONGS decommissioning. The CDP is necessary for SCE to proceed with decontamination & dismantlement (D&D) of the structures at SONGS.
Starting D&D promptly is important because SCE already has a qualified contractor that is ready to begin work. Plus they can leverage today’s favorable disposal rates to the benefit of customers, and because it allows the current workforce which is knowledgeable about the site to participate in decommissioning. On the other hand, failure to obtain approval of a reasonable CDP would be a significant negative impact to SONGS decommissioning. If conditions or mitigation measures interfere with the performance of the decommissioning work, SCE may be forced to delay the project for many years. Conditions that significantly increase the cost of decommissioning could even jeopardize the sufficiency of the Trust Funds.
September 18, 2019, Submarine tour, USS Annapolis, SSN 760.
A tour of the nuclear-powered submarine at the Naval Base Point Loma, organized by Captain Warren Branges and our chair Katherine Partain. Seventeen participants were divided into three groups for very interesting, personalized guided tours.
October 16, 2019 John Kotek, NEI VP of Policy Development & Public Affairs
John discussed NEI’s efforts to preserve today’s nuclear plants, to raise awareness of the value of nuclear energy, and to chart a course for technology innovation and new construction. A link to his presentation is included below.
June 19, 2019, The Regulatory Environment for a Safety Conscious Work Environment
Annual Meeting. FY 2020 elections.
May 22, 2019 Advanced Manufacturing Techniques – Key to SMR Deployment Around the World
Consultant & Former ANS National President
Advanced Manufacturing Techniques – Key to SMR Deployment Around the World
This talk focused on the major elements in Small Modular Reactor (SMR) deployment that depend on advanced manufacturing techniques, to gain economic competitiveness with large light water reactors (LWR) and lower the risk of deployment for utilities in the U.S. and ownership potential around the world. Advanced techniques used for LWR and lessons learned were addressed as well as newer concepts from other industries (shipbuilding, etc) that can be applied as part of the transition from First-Of-A-Kind (FOAK) to Nth-Of-A-Kind (NOAK). Ted Quinn is President of Technology Resources, a member of the Advisory Board for NuScale Power and a Past President of the American Nuclear Society. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, a MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and served as a Naval Nuclear Qualified Engineer.
March 20, 2019 Navy Nuclear Propulsion
January 16, 2019 - Power Plant Licensing Process Evolution In Response to Changes in the Electricity Markets
Harold spoke about how nuclear plant licensing continues to be affected by the evolution in these markets and how this affects the prospect for future new plants.
Harold was responsible for the Part 50 Operating License (OL) for SONGS 1, for the Construction Permit (CP) and OL for SONGS 2 & 3 and for the CP for the planned Vidal HTGR during his 35 years at SCE. During that same time, Harold worked on the development of the Part 52 Design Certification (DC) and Combined Operating License (COL) processes as a member of a NEI working committee. More recently, as chair of the AP1000 subcommittee at the ACRS, he is currently responsible for its licensing activities, including both the Westinghouse DC and the Vogtle 3 & 4 COL. Also, he is involved currently in the ongoing NuScale DC process and the evaluation of further evolution in the process for licensing future power plants. Finally, he has been involved at the DOE and in California for more than 20 years in the evolution of wholesale electricity markets. Harold spoke about how nuclear plant licensing continues to be affected by the evolution in these markets and how this affects the prospect for future new plants.
Harold Ray joined the American Nuclear Society in 1987. Ray became the 48th president of the Society in 2002. He is a member of the Decommissioning and Environmental Services and the Operations and Power Divisions.
April 17, 2019 - Teach the Geek to Speak: Public Speaking for Engineers.
February 20, 2019 Media Differences Between Washington State & Southern California
John Dobken, Southern California Edison
His topic was: “ Media Differences Between Washington State & Southern California, Two states, different challenges. Communicating about nuclear energy.”
November 28, 2018: Maritime Nuclear Applications.
October 24, 2018: Transition at the NRC: the Future of the Agency
June 20, 2018: California Protons Cancer Therapy Center.
September 20, 2018: Global Nuclear Waste Disposal
February 8, 2018: Songs Decommissioning Status and Plans
May 23, 2018: San Onofre - Nuclear Science and Political Intrigue
15 November 2017: The Status of Global Comercial Nuclear Power, Vojin Joksimovich
July 25, 2017: X-Energy and the Xe-100 Reactor
July 6, 2017: On the Path to Aneutronic Fusion