South Carolina nuclear officials learn from Japan crisis

COLUMBIA -- Federal nuclear experts learned some lessons from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, and a recap will be presented to South Carolina officials on Thursday.


The South Carolina Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council will receive its regular briefing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. But the meeting will also feature a presentation from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the aftermath of the emergency that affected reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

NRC experts traveled to Japan immediately after the March earthquake and tsunami, and in July, a task force released a recommendation report about safety. The report predicts there will be more than 100 nuclear power plants in operation throughout the country in the long-term future.

Thursday’s council meeting is also expected to touch on individual sections and programs of the Savannah River Site, which is operated by contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC. On Wednesday, the company announced that Dwayne Wilson, a 31-year veteran of Fluor, will replaced Garry Flowers as CEO and president.

In addition to a presentation about Fukushima from an NRC official in the Atlanta office, the council will hear from:

l Patrick McGuire, assistant manager for nuclear material stabilization projects for SRS. He is scheduled to give a five-minute briefing on H Canyon.

l Bill Bates, director of the Nuclear Material Storage Project for SRNS. He will brief Palmetto State officials on the used-fuel storage program.

l Doug Hintze, assistant manager for integration and planning for SRS. He will detail SRS’s strategic plan.

The council meets periodically for briefings from SRS leadership, SCANA, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and others. It then advises the governor on the Atlantic Compact, the Barnwell low-level radioactive waste facility, SRS and other areas.

The council is chaired by Ben Rusche, a former SRS employee who served as the director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at DOE under President Ronald Reagan. The panel is under the South Carolina Budget and Control Board. A spokeswoman on Wednesday said Gov. Nikki Haley, had not replaced any of the council members.




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