In Monica Ray’s experience, preparing for the unlikely event of an emergency at Arizona Public Service’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station requires coordination and communication. From comparing lessons learned with emergency response teams at other nuclear energy facilities to updating the Arizona Division of Emergency Management on new protective actions, Palo Verde’s director of emergency preparedness and security is constantly facilitating communication between groups inside and outside of the industry to ensure that the facility and the community are prepared for any potential emergency.
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- Below are a few of the personal stories among the thousands of Americans employed by the U.S. nuclear energy industry. They are not employed or compensated by the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Top safety experts at all U.S.nuclear energy facilities are implementing FLEX, a strategy developed to address the main safety challenges at Fukushima, and planning for events that are more severe than those for which their facilities were designed. PSEG Nuclear’s Jamie Mallon is one such expert. With more than 30 years of experience in radiation protection, regulatory assurance, training and nuclear development programs, Mallon is helping to lead the industry’s Fukushima response effort, while balancing his roles as PSEG’s early site permit manager and Fukushima response manager.
With an employee population that is soon approaching retirement, the nuclear energy industry must hire approximately 25,000 more workers by 2015. Lacy Kiser, vice president of human resources and administration for Shaw’s Power Group, has been working around-the-clock to find qualified candidates to construct, plan and manage the country’s first newly permitted reactors since 1978. With work under way to build new reactors at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle in Georgia and at SCE&G’s V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in South Carolina, the projects will create approximately 3,500 construction jobs during peak construction. This means Kiser, who joined Shaw’s Power Group six years ago following a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, has his work cut out for him.
Entergy Reactor Engineer Discusses Leadership Opportunities for Young People in the Nuclear Industry
As a dedicated young leader in the nuclear energy industry, Kristine Madden, a reactor engineer at Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear Plant in Michigan, is actively involved in collaborating with colleagues to keep the plant safe. Besides pursuing a joint master’s degree in business administration and engineering management, Madden has embraced leadership roles in organizations such as North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN), American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN). From her constant drive to learn from others and apply best practices, Madden exemplifies all of the qualities the industry looks for in its next-generation workforce.
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NextEra Energy’s fleet operations training manager, Chuck Sizemore, oversees the initial licensing and continual training of reactor and senior reactor operators at the company’s five nuclear energy facilities in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Sizemore has 27 years of experience in the U.S. Navy and the commercial nuclear power industry and currently chairs the industry’s Licensed Operator Focus Group, which works with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to promote effective operator licensing and training programs.
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