ANS Connecticut Section Meeting Minutes for November 5th, 2014

The Meeting Minutes for the November 5th, 2014 ANS CT Section Business Meeting have been posted.  The minutes may be view by clicking here:

CT ANS Meeting Minutes 20141105



ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for October 23rd, 2014

Development of a Zirconium Hydride Moderated Molten Salt Fueled Reactor

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Leslie Dewan, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Transatomic Power, who are developing a new, thermal-spectrum molten salt reactor concept that uses zirconium hydride as a moderator and LiF-(Actinide)F4 as fuel.  The designs builds on the work conducted in the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1960s.  The new salt and moderator used in this design gives the reactor a twenty-fold power density increase as compared to the MSRE, and allows for the use of spent nuclear fuel or low-enriched uranium (1.8% U-235)  as fuel, while retaining the MSRE’s significant safety benefits, including full passive safety and atmospheric-pressure operation.  The higher power density, thermal neutron spectrum, and atmospheric pressure operation greatly reduce the cost of the plant, resulting in overnight capital costs on par with coal-fired power plants.

Ultimately, this design has the potential to consume the country’s existing stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel, while safely generating enormous amounts of cheap, carbon-free electricity.

Transatomic Power is  a nuclear reactor design company developing safe and environmentally-friendly power plants that run entirely on nuclear waste.

About the speaker:

Dr. Leslie Dewan graduated from MIT in 2013 with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials.  She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering.  Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.  Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship.  She was named a TIME Magazine “30 People Under 30 Changing the World” in December 2013, an MIT Technology Review “Innovator Under 35” in September 2013, and a Forbes “30 Under 30” in Energy in December 2012.

We will be meeting on the University of Hartford campus at 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT at 6PM in Gengras Student Union room 331 (Bldg 18 on the UofH_Map). Please also download and use this permit:  ANS Parking 102314.

Details are provided this flyer:  20141023 Speaker Meeting Announcement

Sorry!  We are sold out.  The room is full.

So please save this date on your calendars and RSVP with your affiliation and contact information by October 17th to Stephen Szarek at 860-731-6313 or  Dinner is Family Style Catered from Concetta’s Italian Restaurant in Bloomfield, CT.

We hope to see you there!

Photos and Presentation from the April 9th, 2014 Speaker Event with Michael Quinn

Dr. Michael D. Quinn, of WorkPlace Cornerstone Associates (WCA), presented “Transuranic Uptake at a Commercial Nuclear Power Station” to a group of 24 on April 9th, 2014.  This was a fascinating presentation about a little known significant event at the Bruce Nuclear Power Station in Canada.  Everyone in our industry can and should learn from this event that included many institutionalized errors.  An informative and very helpful Q&A period followed the presentation.  The slides are available below:

20140409 Overview of Radiological Event (Rev 2)

Photos from this Speaker Meeting are below (more to follow soon!):

Thank you all for attending!

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  Dinner choices are:

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

We hope to see you there!

Photos from the Granby Memorial High School Job Shadow Day

Below are photos from the February 4th, 2014 Second Annual Job Shadow Day.  Students form Granby Memorial High School were invited into the Westinghouse Electric Company’s Addison Road Fuel Manufacturing Facility.   The students were paired with engineers working on the factory floor for part of the day.  Group sessions were also held to answer questions and to discuss career and college choices for ALL engineering fields.   A big THANK YOU to Westinghouse and to the Volunteers and the students who participated!

ANS Northeastern Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for February 12, 2014

From the AEC to Today: Hope Deferred, Not Lost

Speaker:  Llewellyn King

Executive producer at White House Chronicle and  Chief executive officer, King Publishing Group

Llewellyn KingAbout The Speaker:

Dr. King was the founder, publisher and editor in chief of The Energy Daily. The energy industry newsletter–created before the energy crisis broke out in 1973–was the flagship of King Publishing Group, whose other award-winning titles included Defense Week, New Technology Week, Navy News & Undersea Technology and White House Weekly.

At age 16 Dr. King began his career in journalism began in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine. Moving to London in 1959, he worked as an executive for The Daily Mirror Group, a reporter for Associated Newspapers, and a news writer for BBC and ITN.

After moving to the United States, Dr King worked as an editor and reporter for The New York Herald Tribune, The Baltimore News-American, The Washington Daily News and The Washington Post followed by a stint at McGraw-Hill’s Nucleonics Week which led to founding The Energy Daily.

Meeting Flyer:  February 12th 2014 NE Section Flyer

For meeting information and online reservations go to:

Members and Visitors : $30.00
Students: $10.00
Spouse: $30.00
Non-members: $42.00

Checks and/or Cash only:
5:30 pm: Registration & Social Hour
6:15 pm: Dinner- Buffett Served
7:00 pm: Speaker
8:15 pm: Adjourn

No Show Advisory:
We are charged according to the head-count provided prior to the meeting, no-shows hurt ANS/NE financially. If you need to cancel after signing up, please give us notice before 12:00 noon on February 10, 2014.
Please note if you make reservations and don’t show up, we will end up paying for your dinner.  If your plans change, please let us know ahead of time, otherwise, we will be asking you for the full payment.

The meeting location is the atrium of the CB&I (formerly Shaw Group) office at 150 Royal Street, Canton, MA. It is off of Route 38 just north of 128 (I-93).

The schedule for future Northeastern Section meetings is available on the NE site: