By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Planning
February 20-21, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

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The Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Introduction to Emergency Planning course provides attendees with a clear understanding of how these powerful plants plan to protect the public if a casualty occurs. The course will describe: how plants are built for safety, the inherent stability of nuclear plants, what decay heat and radiation is, how radiation release is minimized, how the emergency plan is developed, and how the emergency plan is tested. Functions of nuclear safety components of the nuclear plant site will be described (containment, containment spray, safety injection, decay heat removal). Plant staffing and roles will be addressed including critical and non-critical personnel. Requirements for conducting an emergency drill and discussion of major drill tasks and roles of supporting agencies will be presented. Participants will complete the course with full comprehension of, and appreciation for, the functions of the NPP and the protections of the public in the nuclear environment. 

Topics include: 

The following emergency planning topics and areas of interest will be discussed over a day and a half: 

  • Why Nuclear Power
  • Basic PWR and BWR Difference Review
  • Basic Reactor Safety Systems
  • 10CFR Safety System Design Objectives
  • Reactor Accidents and Anticipated Operational Occurrences Explained
  • Radiation Types and Their Biological Effects
  • 10CFR Allowed Doses for Normal and Accident Conditions
  • Emergency Planning Goals
  • NRC, INPO, State and Local Responsibilities
  • Emergency Planning Classifications
  • NUREG 1022 Review for Emergency Planning
  • Emergency Planning Zones
  • Protective Action Recommendations
  • Examples of Initiating Conditions
  • Essential Personnel Roles and Responsibilities
  • Basic Log keeping
  • Communication Systems
  • Drill/Exercise Development and Testing

Learning Outcomes 

Upon course conclusion the attendee should be able to:  

  • Discuss why we need nuclear power and its rewards
  • Identify basic design differences of PWR and BWR nuclear plants
  • Describe nuclear power plant safety systems, concepts of redundancy, and defense-in-depth for mitigating accidents 
  • Identify the design objectives, major components, and functions of nuclear power plant safety systems 
  • Describe site staffing and personnel assignments required for emergency planning
  • Discuss the roles of Federal, State, and local agencies responsible for emergency planning
  • Identify the emergency planning zones of concern, and the related protective action guidelines associated with accidents 
  • Provide examples of accident types and initiating conditions for activating the emergency plan
  • Describe the requirements and goals associated with the planning and conducting of an emergency plan drill



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint presentations with directed classroom discussions will be used in this course. 


Thursday, February 20, 2020

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Registration

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. :: Course Introduction and Nuclear Design Presentation 

  • Why Nuclear Power?
  • Basic PWR and BWR Review
    • PWR Design
    • BWR Design
  • Basic Reactor Safety Systems
    • Barriers to Radiation Release
    • Containment
    • Containment Spray
    • Safety Injection
    • Decay Heat Removal
  • 10CFR Safety System Design Objectives

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break 

3:45– 5:00 p.m. :: Accidents and Radiation 

  • Reactor Accidents and Anticipated Operational Occurrences
  • FSAR Accident Analysis
  • Radiation Types and Their Biological Effects
    • Alpha
    • Beta
    • Gamma
    • Neutron
    • Penetration Power and Biological Effects
  • 10CFR Allowed Doses for Normal and Accident Conditions

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast 

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Emergency Planning Goals 

  • Emergency Planning Goals
  • What is INPO and NEI and Their Role
  • Federal, State, Local Responsibilities

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Emergency Planning Classifications 

    • NUREG 1022 Explained
    • Emergency Planning Classifications
    • Emergency Planning Zones
    • Protective Action Recommendations
    • Examples of Initiating Conditions

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon 

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Personnel and their Roles 

  • Essential Personnel Roles and Responsibilities
  • Basic Log Keeping
  • Basic Communication Systems

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break 

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Drill Development and Evaluation 

  • Drill/Exercise Development and Testing

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Wrap-Up, Assessment, and Conclusion


Mr. Ronald L. York, Nuclear Industry Consultant 

Mr. York has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry. Ron began his career as a naval submarine reactor operator, followed by several years of building submarines at Electric Boat. He began working in the commercial nuclear industry as a cold licensed senior reactor operator (SRO) at Waterford 3 outside New Orleans shortly after the Three Mile Island event. Ron served in many capacities with Entergy and six other nuclear power companies. During his career, besides holding an active NRC SRO license until 1990, he held multiple SRO certifications and worked at both Combustion Engineering (CE) and Westinghouse sites. Ron has been a control room supervisor, refueling supervisor, outage and containment coordinator, emergency plan writer /drill controller, and operations procedure writer. He was INPO certified as a Simulator and Classroom Operations Instructor and has written numerous operation and management training curricula, and presented lectures and simulator training in nuclear power plant operations for initial licensed operator candidates, requalification training for licensed and senior licensed operators, Shift Technical Advisors (STAs), senior management, and has written and administrated NRC initial and requalification exams. 


Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta

125 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

Reserve your room:

please call 1-404-443-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 18 – 20, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to January 18, 2020.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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