Recently Completed Meetings

  • Utility Working Conference Virtual Summit (UWC)
  • 2019 ANS Winter Meeting
  • Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference – 2018 PBNC
  • 2018 ANS Annual Meeting
    • Philadelphia, PA – June 17 through June 21, 2018
    • Conference Website
    • Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
    • General Chair
      • Dr. Krishna Singh (Holtec International)
    •  Assistant General Chairs
      • Myron Kaczmarsky (Holtec International)
      • Joy Russell (Holtec International)
    • Technical Program Chair
      • Martin Sattison (Retired/Idaho National Laboratory)
    • Assistant Technical Program Chair
      • Nicholas Brown (Pennsylvania State University)
    • Student Program Cochairs
      • Evrard Lacroix (Penn State University)
      • Kelley Verner (University of Idaho)
    • Media Chair
      • Caitlin Marmion (Holtec International)
    • Technical Tour Chair
      • Kyle Schwirian (Holtec International)
  • D&RS 2016 Topical Meeting

DESD/RRSD 2021, October 31 – November 4, 2021



  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Surveillance in Hazardous Environments – tanks, H-canyon, contamination monitoring etc.
  • Nuclear materials handling – radiography, conveyance, glovebox robotics
  • Nuclear Plant Maintenance and Operations
  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Nuclear Waste and Spent Fuel Handling
  • Robotics & Remote Systems in Commercial Power – SMR refueling, spent fuel management, Dry cask storage monitoring (some overlap with surveillance)
  • Radiation Damage and Hardening

Cross Over Sessions [DESD/RRSD]:

  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Decommissioning and Waste Disposal
  • Robotics & Remote Systems for Environmental Remediation and Monitoring

International Panel:

  • International Panel on the Use of Robotics & Remote Systems for Nuclear Decommissioning (France, UK, US, S. Korea, others?)

Special Topics:

  • • Artificial Intelligence in Robotics & Remote Systems
  • Telerobotics
  • Robotics Operating System (ROS)
  • Nuclear Emergency Response



  • Emerging (Non-Radiological) Compounds
  • Sampling Methods/Techniques
  • Groundwater Modeling and Investigations
  • Integrating Site Closure (non-Rad) and License Termination (rad) during Decommissioning
  • Energy-Water Nexus: Nuclear Technology’s Potential to Provide Clean Water with Clean Energy
  • The Path Towards a Low-Carbon Sustainable Energy Supply System
  • Nuclear Innovation Clean Energy Future: Progress on Key Activities for Advancing Policy and Technology
  • Meeting Targets for Reduction of CO2 Emission without Causing Economic Damage
  • Regulatory Framework for The Resumption of Operation for Decommissioning Power Reactors

Decommissioning (Planning, Execution & Lessons Learned)

  • International Decommissioning
  • US Decommissioning (both DOE and Commercial) and
  • Innovative Technologies
ANS 2020 Winter Meeting DESD Sessions

November 16-19, 2020 Virtual Meeting Online


  • 1:00 -3:10 PM – Economics of Low-Carbon Energy and Role of Nuclear Power – Jan Van Erp


  • 12:00 – 2:10 PM – Grid Modelling Considerations for Nuclear Energy – Leah Parks
  • 4:50 – 6:30 PM – Building Up Decommissioning Staff Credentials for Future Decommissioning Projects – Larry Boing


  • 2:40 – 4:20 PM – Innovative Characterization Techniques in Support of Decommissioning – Jay Peters
  • 4:50 – 6:30 PM – General Topics in Decommissioning – Jim Byrne


  • 10:00 – 11:45 AM –  Community Advisory Panels – Gerry Van Noordennen
ANS 2020 Utility Working Conference DESD Sessions

August 9-12, 2020 Marco Island, FL

Action: Finalize Session Topics and Identify Session Chairs

  • Session 1 –Back to the Future: What all the fuss about using the Post Operation License Transfer Decommissioning Approach?

    Speakers from the D&D Industry along with representatives from the USNRC and State & Local Stakeholders will present perspectives on this novel and increasingly popular approach to plant end of life liability management.

  • Session 2 – Spent Fuel Management options during the phases of site decommissioning.

    Speakers will provide valuable insights on shut down plant experiences dealing with Spent Fuel. Topics covered will include spent fuel pool isolation & independent cooling system installations, dry vs. wet storage decision making approaches, re-racking & spent fuel consolidation options, as well as, the feasibility of accessing and using a Consolidated Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facilities. The interim storage approach has been tried, without success, during the planning of the Private Fuel Storage Facility; lessons from this effort will be solicited and shared.

  • Session 3 – Decommissioning Planning, Estimating and Assumptions: Examining past planning efforts against actual execution performance.

    Speakers would provide insights on managing Decommissioning Cost Estimates and the challenges that owners face as they defend those estimates against an increasing critical public and private audience. Best practices will be highlighted based on lessons learned in the industry.

  • Session 4 – Regulatory perspectives and updates on Commercial Decommissioning processes

    Speakers will provide perspectives on decommissioning regulatory advancements including the current state of affairs on NRC rule making and other regulatory changes at the State & Local level.

  • Session – 5 End of Plant Operations: Where do we go from here? Insights on the experiences of plants that have transitioned to permanently defueled status.

    Speakers would provide experiences and lessons learned from facilities having made the decision to permanently shut down and provide insight into why they chose their post shutdown USNRC Option (License Transfer and immediate Decon, Immediate Decon, or Safstor); lessons learned throughout the decommissioning phases including transition of the site to the decommissioning entity

  • Session – 6 Overview of the Decommissioning Projects in progress and completed to date.

    Speakers offer insights on past and current D&D projects with a focus on major differences between the original decommissioning plan and the realities of how things turned out during actual project execution.”

  • Session – 7 Decommissioning Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards approach.

    This panel will explore 21st Century methods and tools available that would optimize project planning and performance now; these methods would be deployable during both NPP operation and transition to DDER. These techniques are simultaneously being developed with increased pace/urgency benefiting from recent progress in the Advanced Reactors and SMR sector.

  • Session – 8 Innovation and Optimization in Decommissioning: Lessons Learned on Technology and Approaches to Shorten Project Durations.

    Speakers will provide insights on means and methods to reduce the foot print of permanently shutdown nuclear facilities, with a focus on innovative approaches. The primary goal of decommissioning projects is to reduce on-site hazards below regulatory limits to protect the health & safety of its workers and the public. The ultimate goal of decommissioning is to complete the closure of the nuclear power lifecycle through the final closure and license termination of these facilities.

ANS 2020 Annual Meeting DESD Sessions

June 7-11 Phoenix, AZ

Action: Finalize Session Chairs and invite speakers

4a. General Topics in Decommissioning
4b. Uranium Mine Reclamation (P)
4c. Department of Energy Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Activities (P)
4d. Community Advisory (P)
4e. Nuclear Energy’s Role in Climate Change Policy (P)
4f. Work Force Development (P)

ANS 2019 Winter Meeting DESD Sessions

Nov 17-21 Washington, DC

  • The Path Towards a Low-Carbon Sustainable Energy Supply System– Panel—I, Mon. pm
  • The Path Towards a Low-Carbon Sustainable Energy Supply System– Panel—II, Mon. pm
  • Overview of the Various Environmental Standards Projects–Paper/Panel, Tues. am
  • Integrated Energy Systems: Integrating Nuclear Plants with Renewable Sources Through Alternative Applications Beyond the Grid–Panel, Tues. pm
  • General Topics in Decommissioning—I, Tues. pm
  • General Topics in Decommissioning—II, Thurs. am
  • Advanced and Innovative Technologies for Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Environmental Remediation of Radiological Contamination–Panel, Wed. am
  • International Decommissioning–Paper/Panel, Wed. pm