RNE22: HBO’s Chernobyl: Setback or Opportunity? Tom Bergman from NuScale Guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 22 of RadioNuclear! Today, we discuss the recent miniseries “Chernobyl”, which recently concluded on HBO. We discuss opinions on it, and debunk some of the more egregious articles written in the wake of the show. We also discuss good ways to engage with individuals who are captivated with the show, and not necessarily familiar with nuclear technology.  

Today we talk to with Tom Bergman, VP of Regulatory Affairs for NuScale. He is responsible for all licenses, certifications and activities related to the U.S. regulations and international client licensing support. He has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He is a 23-year veteran of the NRC. His most recently held positions were in the Office of New Reactors as the deputy director for licensing operations and the director of the Division of Engineering.

Articles discussed in the show:

    1. https://www.livescience.com/65618-are-chernobyl-style-reactors-still-operating-safe.html
    2. https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiELaBcn38_vt8FV_tPJBnXkMqFQgEKg0IACoGCAow0KsBMLBFMIuPXQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen
    3. https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1139210/Chernobyl-radiation-radioactive-fallout-melting-glaciers-Chernobyl-HBO-Fukushima-disaster

RNE21: Special Episode with guests Donald Hoffman and Greg Gibson

RNE23: Do renewables & nuclear power need to work together? ANS President Marilyn Kray guests!

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RNE21: Special Episode w/guests Donald Hoffman & Greg Gibson

Episode 21 of RadioNuclear deviates from the norm as it is news-free. This special podcast features ANS Past President and Fellow, United Nuclear Industry Alliance (UNI) Chairman of the Board, and President & CEO of EXCEL Services Corporation Donald Hoffman, along with UNI Executive Director, former President & CEO of Unistar Nuclear Energy, and the chair of this special session Greg Gibson. Listen as they discuss a new and ongoing interactive series of Supply Chain Special Sessions focusing on the next generation of supply chain innovation–a new business road map for the supply chain, domestic and international. This inaugural event will take place at the upcoming ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on Tuesday, June 11.

This joint ANS-United Nuclear Industry Alliance session will discuss the need for U.S. suppliers to be more competitive, and outright successful, as the nuclear industry transitions into the next decade of new nuclear projects.

Session Moderator: Don Eggett, UNI Director of Supply Chain and Former Key Account Executive AMEC Foster Wheeler

Panelists: Don Dracon (AECOM), Graham Cable (Westinghouse), Donald Hoffman (UNI and EXCEL), and Art Wharton (Studsvik)

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Part I – Panel Discussion, 1:30-3:40 pm
  • Part II – Workshop,  3:55-5:30 pm

Also in this episode, I told you about ANS member Cathy Riddle and her voyage into the Land of LEGOS. Cathy needs 10,000 votes to make Atomic Town Power a reality. So, let’s help her and help the kids of the future so that they can have fun with LEGOS playing with Atomic Town Power. How can you help besides voting online? Share this voting link on your social media platforms: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/af5510c6-8111-4fe0-8ab8-da7d36e5dcb5/comments_tab#content_nav_tabs

Let’s show how strong the nuclear community is! 

See you at Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. There will be so much to learn. It is a very educational experience as well is an opportunity to network. You just never know who you are going to meet at the ANS Meetings. For a list of all ANS Meetings visit online.

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RNE20: What is a Design Certification? Dr. Jose Reyes Guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 20 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we discuss the news of the NRC’s decision to issue a design certification license for the APR1400. Because of this news, we take a few minutes to discuss the monumental effort and process of getting a reactor through design certification process. We cover the recent and unfortunate news regarding the future of nuclear from Southern Company. There may also be a possible lifeline for the VC Summer project?  We also take a minute to discuss a video from friend of the show Dr. Georg Steinhauser on a recent fishing trip to the cooling ponds of Chernobyl.

Today’s special guest is Dr. Jose Reyes of NuScale, LLC! Dr. Reyes is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Nuscale, the company delivering the NuScale passively cooled, small nuclear reactor. Internationally recognized for his expertise passive safety systems, testing, and operation of nuclear power plants, he is also a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending all over the world. He is currently a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Also in this episode: information on ANS Student Program:

Learn more about the ANS Annual Meeting.

RNE19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar Guests!

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RNE19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar Guests!

Thank you for joining us for Episode 19 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we discuss the success the Chinese have had with the Hualong One reactor, the decommissioning of SEFOR, and the sale of Indian Point units to Holtec and what it means for the industry. We also talk about a recent Bloomberg article casting nuclear as being susceptible to climate change.

Today’s guest is Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, a professor at Idaho State University. Her research focuses on the nuclear fuel cycle, including pyroprocessing, qualification, and fuel cycle modeling. She is also involved with waste minimization efforts for graphite moderated next generation reactors. She also teaches introductory nuclear engineering and radioactive waste management courses at Idaho State University.

Information on ANS Student Program. What is it and will it help me get to this important meeting? Register for the meeting today and be sure to fit in a tour, too.

Learn more about the ANS Annual Meeting. And be sure to check out the new Supply Chain Special Session and workshop that will be happening at the meeting too!

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RNE18: A Lifeline for Ohio’s Nuclear Power Plants? Alexandria Siwy, Dr. Kenneth Allen, and Dr. Shikha Prasad Guest!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 18 of RadioNuclear! This episode, we talk about new legislation in Ohio that may help save their ailing nuclear power plants, discuss the new bi-partisan federal legislation aimed at helping America regain its leadership with advanced nuclear, and some interesting new nuclear power plant construction around the world.

Today, we talk to members of the American Nuclear Society’s professional engineering committee, to discuss the merits of obtaining your PE. From this episode, they would like to share the following links:

1. Get more information about the PE exam.
2.  Find your state board – each state board has its own licensure application forms and deadlines.
3.  The nuclear PE exam is computer-based and administered one day per year (in 2019, October 15) at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.
4.  The NCEES PE Nuclear Reference Handbook is the only reference material that can be used during the exam and is provided electronically. You can download a free electronic copy by registering for or logging into your MyNCEES account.
5.  For more information on the format of the exam and the topics covered, download the current exam specifications for the nuclear PE exam (PDF).
6.  The American Nuclear Society offers a Study Guide for the Professional Engineering Examination In Nuclear Engineering to help you prepare for the exam and content.
7.  Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.
8.  Learn more at the NCEES YouTube channel.


RNE19: RadioNuclear Episode 19: Is Nuclear Built for Climate Change? Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar Guests!


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