ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for April 9th, 2014

Transuranic Uptake at a Commercial Nuclear Power Station

Please join us in welcoming Michael D. Quinn, of WorkPlace Cornerstone Associates (WCA), who will talk about an event at the Bruce Nuclear Power Station that resulted in several hundred worker exposures.

Abstract: During the multi-year refurbishment of Bruce Nuclear Power Station Units 1 and 2, a number of crafts people were engaged in the cutting and grinding of reactor feeder pipes over a several month period.  This evolution resulted in a chronic [and at the time, unknown] release of significant quantities of airborne transuranic (alpha) contamination into the general reactor vault atmosphere.  As a result, several hundred construction trades workers and unit restart staff were exposed to and potentially had an uptake of airborne alpha contamination.

This presentation discusses the precursors to this high consequence/high significance event, the recovery effort, and the lessons learned from the multi-billion dollar refurbishment project.

About the speaker:

Michael Quinn is a Principal of WCA, and has 39 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry.  He started his career at CT Yankee Haddam Neck in 1975, earning a SRO License.  Later he worked on the Station Recovery effort while Millstone was on the NRC watch list (1995-1999).  Michael has consulted for the past 14 years to US and Canadian nuclear power stations, nuclear suppliers, and the US NRC, as well as with US DOE operations at Hanford, WIPP, Los Alamos, and Las Vegas.  Dr. Quinn specializes in Human Performance, PI&R, and Safety Culture to facilitate High Reliability performance.

We will be meeting at the Nutmeg Restaurant at 297 South Main Street, East Windsor, CT, April 9th, 2014 at 6PM.  All of the details are provided this flyer:  20140409 Speaker Meeting Announcement

So please save this date on your calendars and RSVP with your dinner selection, affiliation, and contact information by April 4th to Stephen Szarek at 860-731-6313 or szareksw@westinghouse.com.  Dinner choices are:

  • Chicken Francaise
  • Salmon Jacqueline
  • Prime Rib
  • Vegetarian Stir Fry

We hope to see you there!

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