June 19 Webinar: Nuclear Safety in the Northeast

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Several states in our region – including Vermont, New York and Massachusetts — are grappling with nuclear-plant safety and the relicensing of older generating units, which are issues of particular concern following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan. Ensuring proper oversight of these facilities is also of critical importance to states nationwide.

Webinar speakers will discussrf the future of nuclear power in the U.S., with special attention to our region, in light of questions about safety, cost and climate change.

The Webinar is preparatory to a planned site visit during the upcoming ERC Annual Meeting, which will be held on July 20-23, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There, delegates will have the opportunity to visit PSEG’s Salem and Hope Creek reactors in Lower Alloways Creek Township and to hear from state legislators who have been active participants in current debates concerning nuclear power.


Maine State Representative Jon Hinck
Ranking Minority Member, Maine Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology; Vice-Chair, CSG/ERC Energy & Environment Committee


Andrew Kadak
Director, Nuclear Services, Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting< David Lochbaum Director, Nuclear Safety Program, Union of Concerned Scientists Speaker Biographies

Andrew Kadak
Director, Nuclear Services, Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting

As head of Exponent’s Nuclear Services, Dr. Andrew Kadak applies his extensive experience in the nuclear industry to current problems facing operating nuclear plants and those proposed for construction. These areas include engineering fundamentals in mechanical, structural, metallurgical, chemical, and electrical engineering. Dr. Kadak’s expertise ranges from day-to-day operations of nuclear plants to senior executive management. He has lead license renewal of operating reactors, systematic evaluation of older plants to allow them to demonstrate compliance to new regulations, financial rate proceedings to assure adequate capital for safe operation, innovative fuel purchase agreements, high level nuclear waste disposal, and storage solutions. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kadak was President of Kadak Associates, a specialty consulting firm he established after 18 years of experience at Yankee Atomic Electric Company, where he served as President and CEO.

Dr. Kadak is a Professor of the Practice in the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a principal author of the MIT Fuel Cycle study.

Dr. Kadak was President of the American Nuclear Society in 1999-2000. He has served as a board and executive committee member of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the industry’s Advisory Committee on High Level Waste. He also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners special panel on high level nuclear waste and the Aspen Institute’s “Dialogue on Nuclear Waste Disposal.” In 2005, Dr. Kadak was appointed by President Bush to serve on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Dave Lochbaum
Director, Nuclear Safety Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

David Lochbaum is one of the nation’s top independent nuclear power experts. As director of UCS’s Nuclear Safety Project, he monitors ongoing safety issues at U.S. reactors, testifies before Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and provides informed analysis of nuclear plant conditions and incidents, such as the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan.

A nuclear engineer by training, Lochbaum worked at nuclear power plants for 17 years, including many similar to the General Electric reactors at the Fukushima plant. He left the industry in the early 1990s after blowing the whistle on unsafe practices and joined UCS in 1996. He left UCS in 2009 to work for the NRC as a reactor technology instructor and returned to his post at UCS a year later.

Lochbaum has authored numerous reports, including The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010, the first in a series of reports he plans to produce annually. Over the years he has been cited frequently by a wide range of news organizations, including Business Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and NPR.